Though a popular meeting venue, Santa Fe has its own unique logistical challenges, particularly regarding space. Plenary lectures and award presentations will take place at the Santa Fe Convention Center. Scientific oral sessions will be held at the convention center, the Hilton Hotel Santa Fe, the Museum of Art, Scottish Rite Hall, and Museum of New Mexico, all of which are within walking distance of each other. Breaks will be scheduled during both the morning and afternoon sessions to allow attendees to move between locations.
Please see the Google Map showing the location of each venue.
The Plaza in the center of Santa Fe and at the end of the Santa Fe Trail is the point of reference for the venues for our meeting.
The Santa Fe Community Convention Center, which will be the main building for our conference, is on West Marcy Street (one block north and one block west) of the Plaza. Completed in 2009, its architecture is a Southwestern United States pueblo design. Located on the site of the old Sweeney Center, the facility was constructed with many environmental and sustainable factors in mind, including the reuse of over 80% of the materials from the old center.
The St. Francis Auditorium is in the Fine Arts Museum located ½-block west of the Plaza on Palace Avenue. Its auditorium seats 450 and is built following the design of traditional Hispanic churches. It was built in the early 20th century. Seating is “church pew” style with a balcony, and a lovely stage for presentations. The museum houses wonderful collections of artwork and is worth a second trip back.
The Scottish Rite Temple is three blocks north of the Plaza on the Paseo de Peralta. Its architectural style is Moorish Revival and was built in 1912. The theater seats 350 people and is used for plays, recitals, lectures, and weddings. The temple has auditorium-style seating complete with a balcony and set-designed stage.
The New Mexico History Museum auditorium is next to and just north of the Palace of the Governors on the Plaza (entrance on Lincoln Ave.). It is modern in design, was completed in 2009, and seats 208. New to Santa Fe, this museum offers wonderful exhibits both permanent and “traveling,” so be sure to stop back and visit.
The La Fonda Hotel is at the southeast corner of the Plaza. It is part of the “Chain of Historic Hotels” built in the 1920s. The building is of southwestern pueblo design. It will be the location of poster sessions and workshops, and is the host hotel for NABS.
The Hilton Hotel is three blocks west of the Plaza on Sandoval Street. It is a newer hotel of southwestern architecture with a large meeting room for oral presentations. It is the host hotel for ASLO.
The Santa Fe Convention Center is ideal for green meetings and events. Since its inception, environmental responsibility has been a major focus. 88% of the materials from the previous building were salvaged and recycled, 75% of the waste generated during construction is being recycled, and all exterior timber is certified, meaning it was rescued from the Sierra Blanca forest fire. The convention center is LEED Certified. (This is an industry standard for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.) It receives its certification based on standards that consider site sustainability, water efficiency, energy efficiency, content of materials and resources, indoor environmental quality and innovative design. Other factors that are important: