2014 CEFPI Annual Conference and Expo

October 3-6, 2014


Portland, OR USA


Join me in Portland for CEFPI’s Annual Conference and Expo, BLAZING TRAILS and a Journey of Learning. Together we will explore new ways to ensure that all students have healthy, safe, resilient and sustainable 21st century learning environments, providing real-world learning experiences and opportunities for creativity, critical problem solving and collaboration. During our conference we will discuss unique kinds of spaces needed to develop those skills, where students are enabled, engaged and empowered to succeed in today’s global economy, strengthening the communities they serve.

Our keynotes are unparalleled, and I can assure you that you are in for a treat!  Plan to schedule time to go on the pre-conference tours and the school tours, where you will visit some of the finest facilities in the Pacific Northwest.  Please review the list of thought-provoking, interactive sessions and workshops and prepare to actively contribute to the challenging discussions.  CEFPI’ s celebrated Exhibition of School Planning & Architecture will be showcased in the CEFPI Pavilion throughout the conference.  Also, be sure to visit our renowned EXPO, highlighting the latest in materials, equipment and systems; and don’t miss the Innovative Classrooms of Today!

Lastly, take some time to enjoy the Portland area and get to know this unique part of the country.  From the Trail Blazers to Voodoo Donuts, this area offers something for everyone.  Originality, history, art and architecture – all are offered in abundance in Portland. 

Thank you to the Washington and Oregon Chapters, our co-hosts for this year’s conference!  Thanks to their untiring efforts and dedication, BLAZING TRAILS will be a valued and most memorable event.

CEFPI is where great schools begin…and it is you, our members, who will plan and design the 21st century leaning environments for the next generation of learners!  We look forward to seeing you in Portland to lend your voice in this Journey of Learning as together we BLAZE TRAILS for a brilliant future!

David M. Waggoner, AIA, CEFP


Oregon Convention Center achieves LEED Platinum certification
The Oregon Convention Center (OCC) is pleased to announce it has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certified Platinum from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The convention center is only one of two in the United States to hold that distinction and continues what has now become a Portland tradition of achieving the highest levels of sustainable practice. For Portland, the award represents the latest green building milestone in a city that has earned a reputation as one of the most sustainable cities in the country. Indeed, Portland boasts some notable LEED certified buildings, but rare is one with Platinum status that has more than one million square feet of space and operates 24 hours a day.



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