Housing official among 50 to complete rigorous facilities training

Doug Carter, Department of Student Housing assistant director of facilities, is one of 50 people worldwide who has completed rigorous training and received certification in topics including facilities master planning and design project management.
The certification he completed last month encompasses four core areas offered by APPA, Leadership in Education Facilities:
General Administration & Management
Maintenance & Operations
Energy & Utilities
Planning, Design & Construction

Carter completed the four-part program in three years. The most valuable part of the program, Carter said, was discussion with other facilities professionals from around the world about dwindling budgets, aging buildings, increased emphasis on efficiency, and new technology available to reduce the amount of energy that institutions use.

“Certification helps me help students. Students live with us for several years and it’s important that their space is energy efficient, updated, and functions well,” Carter said. “APPA is the gold standard for facilities plant management.” APPA, Leadership in Educational Facilities is a professional association that formerly stood for Association of Physical Plant Administrators.

The Department of Student Housing supports KU's goals by serving about 5,200 students and families in 62 buildings across campus. Carter is responsible for supervision in those 62 buildings of systems including heating, ventilation, air conditioning, plumbing, electrical systems, and life and safety issues.