Superintendent's Memo #023-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

February 6, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Virginia Educational Facility Planners Conference March 2-3, 2009

The Virginia Educational Facility Planners (VEFP) conference will be held at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center in Roanoke, Virginia, on March 2-3, 2009. This will be a two-day interactive workshop on educational facilities and planning. 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 is attached.

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.

The registration fee includes lunch, reception, and a dinner banquet on Monday, and continental breakfast and lunch on Tuesday. If you wish to stay at the hotel on Monday night, the conference rate is $129.00 (single) or $149.00 (double), plus tax.

This year, the keynote speaker is Mr. Ron Bogle, president and chairman of the American Architectural Foundation (AAF). His presentation is titled “Redesigning Your School: Insights from High School Students Participating in the National Dialogue” and he will present the results of the 2007 school design competition that was conducted by AAF and was open to high school students. In 2008, AAF researched these student entries to identify trends and determine what students seek in the design of their schools as well as their vision of how schools should be designed for the future.

Another speaker is Susan Rundle, president of Performance Concepts International. Her workshop will give insight on learning styles and how they should instruct educational facilities planning.

The morning session will conclude with a presentation by Frank Kelly, FAIA, director of Educational Planning, SHW Group. His presentation will outline the principles for future high schools and explore ten contracting models that integrate concepts of teaching/learning, technology, instructional time, facilities, and costs.

After lunch attendees will participate in a hands-on charette on school designs.

On Tuesday, March 3rd, in addition to break out sessions, Chris Lloyd, senior vice president and director, Woods Rogers Consulting will do a presentation on “What the Stimulus Package means for Virginia Schools.” Also, Victoria Bergsagel, founder and director, will conclude the conference with a presentation titled “Architecture for Achievement.” She will address how designed environments impact learning.

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.

Please register directly with VPI & SU for the conference and/or lodging or you can register online at For questions regarding the program, please call Vijay Ramnarain, Office of Support Services, at (804) 225-2035, or e-mail



a. 2009 VEFP Annual Conference Schedule (PDF)