Past Events

By on March 10, 2022

MNAPPA Annual Meeting Dec 6th, 2023 at St. Thomas

Hi Everyone,

The MNAPPA annual meeting is coming up December 6.  This is when we will conduct elections for board positions.

Serving on the board is a great way to meet and interact with other educational facilities professionals.  Not only can you help shape the direction and activities of the organization, but you also get to know your peers who can be a great resource or sounding board for issues on your campus as there is probably another board member who has gone through or is going through something similar.

 If you or anyone you know is interested in a board position let us know.  If someone is a little hesitant, give us their name too and we’ll convince them how rewarding being on the board can be.

Thanks for your nominees and we look forward to seeing everyone on December 6.


Brian Heller



See below for meeting details:

St. Thomas Campus Map

We are always looking for ideas:

We are working on plans for 2023, if you have a topic you would like to present or a space you’d like to show others send us an email at [email protected]

Please contact us if you are interested in:

  • Presenting at a virtual or in-person event
  • Sponsoring a meal or happy hour
  • Hosting a full or half day seminar on your campus
  • Guiding a tour of a campus project

Submit ideas to our email [email protected]

A big thank you to Perkins&Will and University of Minnesota for hosting the recent MNAPPA tour and talk about Shaping the Future of Healthcare at the Health Sciences Education Center (HSEC)!

IMEG Webinar Tuesday, May 30th 2023

The topic: 



This session will discuss the integration of architecture with HVAC

systems. Architecture design has a significant impact on HVAC sizing,

HVAC performance, and the types of advanced HVAC systems

that can be used within a building. The goal is to outline the top

three design parameters that impact the HVAC system and talk

about strategies to mitigate the impact. This session will provide

participants with an overview of the advanced HVAC system that

is gaining traction in the market; it will describe how they operate

and the advantages they provide in terms of energy performance,

carbon reduction, and occupant and community wellbeing.


John Costello, PE, LEED AP BD+C, BEMP, WELL AP, Principal, Client Executive – Over 20 Years experience in HVAC Design and Construction

Wil Maki, EIT Mechanical Project Designer, Project Manager – 5 Years experience in HVAC Design and Construction

Drive In Workshop April 25th 2023 at Mortenson

Topic: DFMA (Design for Manufacturing and Assembly)

  • Overview of DFMA
  • Industry challenges DFMA is helping address
  • Applications and capabilities
  • Design considerations (featuring RSP Architects)

Link to Presentation:

Drive In Workshop December 2022

On December 20th Carleton College hosted a MNAPPA Drive In Workshop.

Carleton’s Steve Spehn and RMF’s Martha Larson presented “Carleton Utility Master Plan”, this presentation discussed Carleton’s journey to replace their high pressure steam boilers with a low temp hot water, geothermal system. After the presentation attendees were given a tour by Carleton, RMF and Salas O’Brien. Meals were provided by Automated Logic.

Steve Spehn of Carleton College Presenting
Skinner Memorial Chapel – Tour stop to show how an older building was converted to hot water heat.
New geothermal heat pumps in the East Energy Station.
Boilers in the West Energy Station.
During the project they worked hard to keep the tunnels neat and tidy.

Lunch provided by Automated Logic, thank you!

Drive In Workshop November 2022

On November 30th St Mary’s University hosted a MNAPPA Drive In Workshop.

DLR Group’s Matthew Streed presented “Revitalizing underused spaces: The good, the bad and ugly”, this presentation took us on the journey that St Mary’s and DLR Group went on during the renovation of Aquinas Hall on the Winona Campus. After the presentation St Mary’s Director Facilities Tim Stensgard gave us a tour of the Hall and treated us all to lunch.

DLR Group presentation
Beautiful meeting room in Aquinas Hall
Nursing lab in Aquinas Hall
Simulation room in Aquinas Hall
Maker Space in Aquinas Hall
Business computer lab in Aquinas Hall

MAPPA/MiAPPA Conference Fall 2022

A delegation from MNAPPA travelled to Grand Rapids Michigan this past week to attend the MAPPA/MiAPPA regional conference.

The theme for this year’s regional conference was “Bridging the Gap”.

People: Bridging the gap post pandemic, with student, faculty and staff needs, staffing challenges (burnout & short staffing), remote working needs.

Technologies: Bridging the gap with the remote learning environment, the changing technology and technology infrastructure required to move forward.

Space: Bridging the gap with current space utilization, assigning space in the post-pandemic university, changing needs.

Budgeting: Bridging the gap between the new expectations and budget realities. Creative ways to address post-pandemic expectations, increased costs and shrinking budgets.

L to R: Brian Heller, Nicole Boehmke, Tim Lahti

MNAPPA Annual Meeting October 2022

Every year MNAPPA holds an annual board meeting. This is a meeting to vote in new board positions, complete board issues and discuss any new issues. Also this year our hosts, St Olaf College gave us a tour of their new ice arena.

Presentation in the Art Barn
St Olaf Ice Arena at Skoglund Athletic Center
Touring the arena
Locker room tour
Tour Group

MNAPPA 1 day Conference July 2022

MNAPPA hosted a one day conference on the St Thomas University campus. The day consisted of presentations from BWBR on universal/inclusive design, Performa on facility assessment and maintenance planning as well as MMS on indoor air quality. Lunch, roundtable discussions, a tour of the almost completed School of Nursing building as well as a social hour to complete the day.

Presentation Room
Business Partners
Roundtable Discussion
Social Hour

Drive In Workshop May 2022

Trane Mitsubishi hosted a Drive Workshop on May 26th. The topic presented was, Strategic Electrification and Heat Pump Applications for Minnesota Educators. It was a very informative presentation on how VRF systems can be a tool to help meet carbon goals through electrification as well as the types of systems out there that can be used in the various types and ages of buildings we have.

After the presentation and lunch, participates were able to go hands on in their lab and see some products.

Supervisor Toolkit March 2022

March 2022 Supervisor Toolkit class held at University of Minnesota

The Supervisor Toolkit class is designed to help supervisors realize both personal and professional growth, it spans 3 days and helps develop supervisors. MNAPPA works to offer this class throughout the year, if your institution would like to host a class or has individuals that would like to attend please reach out to MNAPPA. [email protected]