Building Superior Foundations

Aerial View of Marquette

The 2011 Summer Michigan Association of Physical Plant Administrators Conference is being billed as “building superior foundations.” The conference will take place Monday through Wednesday, July 18-20, on the Northern Michigan University’s campus in Marquette, Mich., which is located on the southern shore of Lake Superior. Come for professional development, but turn the trip north into a vacation in an award-winning summer wonderland.


Newly Renovated NMU Facilities

Art and Design Building

Hedgcock Building

Art and Design

C.B. Hedgcock

Hunt Hall
LEED Silver


Special Activities

What is the Hiawatha Music Festival?

If you are making your trip to Marquette a vacation and like traditional music, you’ll want to check out the 33rd Annual Hiawatha Music Festival that takes place on July 22-24. Learn more at Hiawatha.

White Water Performance

White Water Performs for MiAPPA

The highly acclaimed folk music group, White Water Associates, Inc, is back to perform for the MiAPPA Conference. Dean, Bette, Evan and Laurel Premo will entertain the group at Tuesday’s conference dinner. Get a mini-concert now.

Welcome to NMU

Academic Mall

Northern Michigan University welcomes the participants of the Building Superior Foundations:MiAPPA 2011 Summer Conference to our campus. We think you’ll find NMU and Marquette to be modern, historic, sustainable and innovative. We have developed an interesting number of MiAPPA Conference presentations that focus on our regional accomplishments and challenges as it relates to facilities.

Marquette named "Distinctive Destination"

Marquette was not only  honored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of the top U.S. distinctive destinations offering “an authentic visitor experience by combining dynamic downtown, cultural diversity, attractive architecture, cultural landscapes and a strong commitment to historic preservation, sustainability and revitalization” — but it was also  voted as the fan favorite in the 2010 contest. See what people have to say about Marquette.

Golf Outing

This year’s MiAPPA Golf Outing will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday July 18, 2011 at the NMU Golf Course in Marquette, MI.

Empire-Tilden Mine Tour

Iron Ore CarsTour local iron ore mines of Marquette County, Empire and Tilden Mine owned and operated by Cliffs Natural Resources.  Only a limited number of tour spots are available.  Conference Special Activities