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October 2005

A first-class home for conferences

Roger and Karen

(Photos by Carlye Calvin. More images.)

When NCAR held a series of meetings on its new strategic plan in July, it found a perfect site right on campus: Center Green's newly renovated conference space.

"The facility was wonderful," says HR's Terry Woods, who helped organize the conference while on special assignment for the NCAR Director's Office. "We used the auditorium, which is spacious enough for a large meeting and has great audiovisual tools. We also had a smaller session in one of the conference rooms. It's a beautiful facility, and NCAR management was very pleased with it."

CG1's auditorium and conference rooms, which reopened this summer after extensive remodeling, give the organization a first-class facility for small- to mid-sized meetings and conferences. This means UCAR is likely to host an increasing number of scientific conferences. CG1 also will draw banquets and other events by local nonprofit organizations. Because it is a government facility, however, it cannot be used by businesses.

"A lot of the meetings that have gone elsewhere, even gone outside the city, will be held here," explains Mari Bradley, director of Event Services.

In fact, EO is bringing a major international conference to CG1 next July. The conference, called Education: Weather, Oceans, Climate, has previously been held at such sites as Madrid, Edinburgh, and Melbourne. It draws 150–180 undergraduate faculty members, K-12 teachers, and informal science educators from numerous countries.

Roger and Karen

EO deputy director Susan Foster says UCAR would not be able to host the event without the new CG1 space. "No plenary space would be large enough for this event, nor would we have adequate breakout spaces or computer labs," she explains.

The CG1 auditorium, extensively refurbished with new lighting and
sound systems, can seat as many as 390 attendees. It can be partitioned into three rooms for smaller meetings or classes.

CG1 also offers seven newly designed breakout rooms for groups ranging in size from about a dozen people up to 70. One of these rooms, known as the Collaboratory, features state-of-the-art videoconferencing and access grid capabilities for long-distance collaborations.

"It's a tremendous leap forward," says F&A's Eron Brennan, who handles multimedia services for UCAR. "We will be able to provide first-class services for presentations and conferences."

Although CG1 will host UCAR's larger events, other buildings will continue to serve as important meeting centers. The Mesa Lab, thanks to its beautiful location, will draw receptions and other events. The ML main seminar room can seat 115 people. Foothills Lab offers several conference rooms and classrooms. The main seminar room in FL2 can seat about 120 people.

• by David Hosansky

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