Sun, Apr 15, 2018 - Tue, Apr 17, 2018
The Woodlands Resort, The Woodlands, TX

The 2018 Higher Ed Facilities Forum was a true meeting of the minds, bringing together 150 facilities leaders from colleges and universities across the nation to connect with the industry’s most innovative suppliers. The beautiful Woodlands Resort provided the perfect backdrop for an inspiring cross-pollination of ideas.

John D’Angelo, Vice President of Facilities Management at Northwestern University, said: “The mix of topics and collaborative activities was perfect. This is the only national conference that I attend. You pick great locations, but that is not why I come… The content and delivery would get me to go to any site.”

Tom Morrison, Vice President Capital Planning & Facilities at Indiana University, also complimented the thought leadership displayed at the forum. “Excellent use of time and talent. Your sessions always create thought-provoking new ideas to apply in our everyday capital planning.”

Suppliers and attendees also placed a premium on the opportunity to schedule time for candid conversations. “There is nothing to compare your event with. I spoke to more leaders at this forum than I did at the last five shows I’ve participated in,” said Brent VanHoose, Senior Business Development Manager, United Technologies Corporation.

It wasn’t all business, however! Whether indoor skydiving, exploring authentic Texas cuisine on a BBQ & brewery tour, or enjoying a little friendly competition at TopGolf, participants welcomed the opportunities to have a little fun with industry peers. The informal setting and intimate size of HEFF ‘18 truly allowed for an organic exchange of ideas.

All in all, “the engaging sessions and speakers, social interaction, and some fun makes the Higher Ed Facilities Forum a perfect event,” said Pete Strazdas, AVP Facilities Management at Western Michigan University. Participants left the retreat reenergized with fresh approaches to some of their biggest challenges and a network of peers to reach out to in the future .

Stay tuned for our Highlights video coming soon! You can also view our blog for write-ups and original content from the event.

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From Our Participants
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Vice President Facilities Management
Northwestern University
“The mix of topics and collaborative activities was perfect. This is the only national conference that I attend. You pick great locations, but that is not why I come... The content and delivery would get me to go to any site.”
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Vice President Capital Planning & Facilities
Indiana University
“Excellent use of time and talent. Well done and your sessions always create thought provoking new ideas to apply in our everyday capital planning. Monday night was a great setting for some fun and allowed some cross interactions between higher ed folks and vendor reps.”
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AVP Facilities Management
Western Michigan University
“The engaging sessions and speakers, social interaction, and some fun makes the Higher Ed Facilities Forum a perfect event.”
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Director of Estates Oxford
University of Oxford
"I had an excellent time​ t​alk​ing​ to new colleagues and to those that I knew from my previous attendance at ​HEFF. There are differences in the funding models between the UK and US, but there are also a significant number of challenges that bind us together. Hopefully, we can...
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AVP & Chief Facilities Officer
University of Virginia
"Thoroughly enjoyed the event---substance and networking.​ ​I really like the broad subject matter---learning environments, architecture, futurists---rather than than more narrowly focused FM topics typical of others."
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VP of Facilities
University of Calgary
"A fantastic event, with relevant topics, strong suppliers, and great social time with peers. Very well organized and the shorter "​TED-talk" style presentation​s​ w​ere very good-- succinct and informative."
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AVP of Facilities​
U​T San Antonio
"I found the event to be an excellent use of my time, and I learned a lot from colleagues from all over the United States, the UK and Canada!"
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AVP Facilities Services & Operations
Washington State University
"I found the business strategy meetings very productive. This was my first forum, so I was not sure what to expect, but I left each session either more educated on a new technology/product or with a new contact to address a specific issue back home."
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Assoc​. ​Vice Chancellor, Learning Environments ​& Campus Architect
University of Illinois ​at ​Chicago
"It was my first HEFF and I thought it was great! The size ​was i​​​ntimate enough to meet others and learn about their ​successes ​and/ ​or challenges. "
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