School Building Safety Key Topic at Conference of Educational Facility Professionals

ALEXANDRIA, Va.--()--Multiple sessions at APPA’s 2015 Annual Conference will address the challenge of preparing K-12 and higher education facilities for the potential of acts of violence.

All sessions will take place at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, 301 East North Water Street, Chicago.

Tuesday, August 4
8:15am – 9:45am
Keynote Address: Triumph Over Active Shootings - Be Facilities Ready
Survivors of school violence appear together for the first time to share their survivors’ points of view for facility safety:

  • Kristina Anderson, Virginia Tech survivor and founder of the Koshka Foundation for Safe Schools
  • Frank DeAngelis, (retired) principal of Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., and lead administrator on campus during the 1996 shootings
  • Natalie Hammond, survivor of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings

1:45pm – 2:45pm
Campus Lockdown Policies vs. Fire & Life Safety Codes: Are They Compatible?
Discussions are evolving among security consultants, members of law enforcement, and school administrators with regard to standard lockdown procedures and related best practices. What is less understood, however, is the impact and potential conflict of lockdown measures on legally adopted, binding and enforced building and life safety codes. Presenters will discuss the findings from the National Fire Prevention Association’s School Safety Workshop.

Wednesday, August 5
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Safety - Changes That Are Coming
Acknowledging that the quality of education is directly linked to the perceived safety of the campus facilities, this session examines the technologies available and weighs the need for greater access control of campus buildings while providing admittance to an increasingly diverse campus population.

Media credentials are available at the convention registration desk at the Sheraton on Monday, August 3, 1:00pm – 5:00pm; Tuesday, August 4, 7:00am – 5:00pm; and Wednesday, August 5, 7:00am – 3:00pm.

APPA, previously known as the Association of Physical Plant Administrators, promotes leadership in educational facilities for professionals seeking to build their careers, transform their institutions, and elevate the value and recognition of facilities in education. APPA is the association of choice for more than 12,000 educational facilities professionals from 1,300 educational institutions in North America. APPA is recognized as an ANSI Accredited Standards Developer.


Trish St. Michel, 202-276-2874

Release Summary

Media Advisory for conference sessions on school security. The focus is primarily on physical building issues for educational facility managers. All sessions take place in Chicago August 4-5.


Trish St. Michel, 202-276-2874