P.O. BOX 2120



January 7, 2005



Division Superintendents



Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction



Virginia Educational Facility Planners Conference February 28-March 1, 2005


The Virginia Educational Facility Planners (VEFP) conference will be held at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center in Roanoke, Virginia, on February 28-March 1, 2005. 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 Making Connections and will 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 Ms. Sue Robertson who is an educational planner and co-author of the Council of Educational Facility Planners International handbook The CEFPI Guide for Educational Facility Planning Creating Connections. Her address will be followed by a panel discussion on the subject. In addition to Ms. Robertson, the panel will include Steven Bingler, a well-known, award-winning architect involved in the design of innovative schools and Mr. Evan E. Mohler, assistant superintendent of support services, for Loudoun County public schools.


The keynote address and panel discussions will be followed by sixteen sessions, each on a different subject. 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.