P.O. BOX 2120



January 5, 2006



Division Superintendents



Patricia I. Wright

Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction



Virginia Educational Facility Planners Conference February 27-28, 2006


The Virginia Educational Facility Planners (VEFP) conference will be held at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center in Roanoke, Virginia, on February 27 and February 28, 2006. This will be a two-day interactive workshop on facilities and planning. Attached is a brochure describing the conference that the Department of Education is co-sponsoring with Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VPI & SU) Division of Continuing Education.


The conference will include an exhibit of recently completed school projects, as well as school construction projects in progress in Virginia. A jury will judge the completed projects and plaques will be presented to the architects and winning schools in four categories.


The registration fee includes a banquet on Monday evening, continental breakfast on Tuesday morning, and lunch on Tuesday. If you wish to stay at the hotel on Monday night, the conference rate is $102.00 (single) or $122.00 (double), plus tax.


This years conference will focus on school construction costs and high performance schools. These sessions will also address the importance of involving the community, parents, teachers, administrators, maintenance personnel, and school boards in the design of school facilities. The keynote address will be given by Mr. Edward Azria, a nationally recognized architect, practitioner, author, and speaker. He will provide a global perspective to the hot topic of rising energy costs and its impact on school construction and budgets.


The keynote address will be followed by sixteen sessions covering different subjects. The conference will provide attendees with a variety of topics that cover various aspects of educational facility design and maintenance. I hope that you or someone from your staff will attend this conference and contribute your experiences to the forum. There also will be an election of new officers for the coming year in which we hope you will participate.


Please register directly with VPI & SU for the conference and/or lodging using the form in the attached brochure. For answers to questions regarding the program please call Vijay Ramnarain, Office of Support Services, at (804) 225-2035.