For outstanding construction, maintenance and care of UNC Charlotte’s growing 900-plus acre campus, the University’s facilities management department was recently recognized by APPA, the nation’s top educational facilities organization. APPA’s 2014 Award for Excellence is the highest institutional honor designed to recognize and advance excellence in the field of educational facilities.
“Campuses that receive the Award for Excellence are true leaders in educational facilities management,” said David Cain, APPA’s immediate past vice president, professional affairs, and the chair of the Awards and Recognition Committee. “These institutions demonstrate a commitment to providing a strong learning environment that supports its educational direction.”
“The way our organization has been able to manage the phenomenal growth of our University has been most rewarding,” said Phil Jones, associate vice chancellor for facilities management. “This includes managing a huge capital construction program while ensuring campus standards and aesthetics are unified and maintained.” Jones also emphasized staying true to the department’s key business drivers of teamwork, customer service, continuous improvement and a values-base culture were critical.
“We want to thank APPA for recognizing UNC Charlotte with this Award for Excellence,” said Chancellor Philip L. Dubois. “At this place, the quality and functionality of our building and grounds make a huge difference in our ability to recruit and retain the highest quality faculty, staff and students.”
APPA Award for Excellence nominations are in the areas of leadership, strategic and operational planning, customer focus, information and analysis, development and management of human resources, process management and performance results. An intense three-day site visit and review is required to determine winners.
To learn more about UNC Charlotte's beautiful and growing campus, watch The 2014 APPA Award for Excellence video.