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University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Submittal for the Award for Excellence

The APPA Award for Excellence is designed to recognize and advance excellence in the field of educational facilities. Originally established in 1988, the Award for Excellence is APPA's highest institutional honor and provides educational institutions the opportunity for national and international recognition for their outstanding achievements in facilities management. The award is designed to highlight the essential role of facilities operations in the overall institutional mission and vision. Award for Excellence nominations are evaluated using the same criteria applied through the Facilities Management Evaluation Program (FMEP) 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. Nominated institutions also submit to a site review conducted by an awards evaluation team, when appropriate. The Award for Excellence designation is valid for a period of five years.

In less than 20 years, the medical campus of the University of Colorado has redefined itself by moving an entire campus to a new location and developing into a world class medical research university. The Facilities Management (FM) department has been planning, building and supporting the university’s new campus throughout this ambitious development program.
The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (CU Anschutz Medical Campus) operates on 233 acres, previously an Army medical base. The university has built and renovated over 3.7M GSF since 2002. Additionally, two major hospitals lease property and share the campus, adding more than 4.2M GSF. This health care and medical research community serves Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region.

Facilities Management has an operating budget of $32.3M; a utility budget of $13.0M; an auxiliary budget of $28.0M; and a capital construction budget of $52.0M. With nearly 250 employees, the divisions within Facilities Management include:
  • Building maintenance and operations
  • Facilities projects and sustainability
  • Facilities Support Services including custodial services, grounds, parking, and other functions
  • Administration and Finance for the department
However, the span of FM responsibilities does not end there. Unusual among FM departments, they also include:
  • Event Management
  • University Bookstore
  • Parking & Transportation
  • Food Services
  • Printing Services
  • Mail Services
  • Campus Transportation Management Association leadership​​

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