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Below you'll find information about the 2019 ASHRAE Winter Conference based on many frequently asked questions. For additional details about the conference, please visit ashrae.org/atlanta.

  • Transportation

    Ground Transportation

    The Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is approximately 12 miles from the hotel.

    Transportation to and from the airport:

    Type Typical Minimum Charge
    Taxi $30 USD + tax each way
    Limousine $90–110 USD + tax each way
    Sedan $70–75 USD + tax each way
    MARTA $2.75 USD each way – Take the train north to the Five Points Station. Take the westbound train 1 stop to the CNN/GWCC Station. Take the escalator or elevator up and walk through the CNN building to hotel entrance.

    Tour Transportation

    Shuttles for general and technical tours depart from the Street Entrance (Andrew Young International Blvd) on the M2 level, North Tower of the Omni outside of Morsel’s. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the tour is scheduled to depart.


    Parking

    Valet overnight parking is available at the Omni for $45 per day. Self-Parking can be found at local decks. $10 daily parking is available at the following lots:

    CNN Center Parking Deck
    113 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

    Marietta Parking Deck
    258 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

  • General Information

    How to Contact an ASHRAE Staff Member

    Staff schedules are posted in the ASHRAE HQ room, Maple BC, Atrium Terrace (AT) level, South Tower, Omni.


    Nursing Mothers Rooms

    Omni

    • Planner Office, M4, North Tower – Please visit the Registration desk in International A-D (M2, North Tower) to receive a key to the room (see Tracy Keller). A refrigerator is also available.

    GWCC

    • Building B – B3 First Aid Station – 404-223-4095
    • Building C – C1 First Aid Station – 404-223-4669

    GWCC First Aid Stations

    Will be staffed 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    • Building B – B3 First Aid Station
    • Building C – C1 First Aid Station

    Family Services

    The Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau recommends the following company for child care services while in Atlanta:

    TLC Sitters of Atlanta
    770-410-4774
    www.tlcsittersofatlanta.com

    ASHRAE makes no representation as to the quality or suitability of the child care options available. ASHRAE has done no investigation or inquiry into these options and accordingly assumes no liability for these services. All participants considering these facilities should perform their own investigation into the quality, suitability or desirability of these child care facilities.


    What to Wear

    Business casual attire is appropriate for meetings and social events; however, Members’ Night Out will be cocktail attire with a 1940s twist! Grab a hat or 1940s accessories for the Gatsby Gang Jazz Band!


    Meals

    Meals are not included in your conference registration, however, we know that sometimes you have limited time to grab a quick meal between meetings and technical sessions. Here are few grab-and-go options, as well as other dining options, at the Omni and CNN Center.

    Omni

    Prime Meridian
    Breakfast: 6:30 – 11 a.m.
    Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Dinner: 5 – 10 p.m.
    Full service restaurant located in the hotel lobby in the South Tower.

    Latitudes Bistro and Lounge
    Monday – Saturday: 3 – 10 p.m.
    Sunday: 3 p.m. – Midnight
    Bar and Lounge with appetizers, small bites and sandwiches also located in the hotel lobby in the South Tower.

    Morsel’s
    Open daily at 6 a.m.
    Located on M2 of the North Tower, Morsels has grab-and-go snacks and coffee.

    CNN Center Food Court

    The CNN Center is connected to the Omni and across the street from GWCC. To access the CNN food court take the escalator in the Omni’s hotel lobby in the South Tower down to the CNN Center. The following options are available at the CNN Center:

    Fast Casual
    Arby’s – Daily 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    BurgerFi – Daily 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Chick-fil-A – 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., Closed on Sundays
    China Breeze – Mon–Sat: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sun: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
    Dunkin Donuts – Mon–Sat: 5:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sun: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. 
    Fresh to Order – Mon–Sat: 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sun: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. 
    Great Wraps – Mon–Sat: 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sun: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. 
    Naturals – Mon–Sat: 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sun: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. 
    Moe’s Southwest Grill – Mon–Sat: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Closed on Sundays
    Roman Delight Pizza & Pasta – Mon–Sat: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sun: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. 
    Starbucks – Mon–Sat: 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sun: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. 
    Subway – Daily: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. 
    Taco Bell – Daily: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. 
    TJ’s Sandwiches – Mon–Sat: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sun: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

    Full-Service Restaurants
    Dantanna’s – Mon–Thu: 11 a.m. –10 p.m.; Fri–Sat: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sun: 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    McCormick & Schmick’s – Mon–Sat: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sun: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.


    Things to Do in Atlanta

    Stop by the Host Committee desk outside ASHRAE Registration and Bookstore area in International A-D, M2 of the North Tower at the Omni.

    Check out the “Atlanta Area Information” section of the ASHRAE 365 app to find out for more information about the following local programs:

    CityPass Attraction Pass for ASHRAE Attendees
    Discounted tickets to local attractions.

    Savings in the City
    Printed savings card that gets you special offers on local ATL arts and culture, attractions, entertainment, restaurants, retail, etc.

    Discover Atlanta App
    Easy access to local restaurant, retail, events information as well as downtown maps and transportation.

    Free and Fun Things to do in Atlanta
    A list of free things to do while you are here in ATL!

  • In Case of Emergency

    Closest Hospital

    The closest hospital is Grady Memorial Hospital, 80 Jesse Hill Jr Drive SE, approximately 1.3 miles away. The phone number is 404-616-1000.


    Local Police Department

    The closest precinct of the Atlanta Police Department is located at the CNN Center (Zone 5) at 190 Marietta St NW. The phone number is 404-658-7830. Dial 911 for an emergency.


    Local Fire Department

    The closest fire station is Atlanta Fire Rescue Station 1 at 71 Elliott St SW, 1 mile away. The phone number is 404-546-7000.


    Fire Emergency

    In case of a fire, dial 4911 from any red house phone. It is important not to panic. If a fire emergency does in fact happen, take all cues from security and hotel staff. The Omni will make any announcements about evacuation over the PA system that can be heard through the hotel. In case of an evacuation, follow the instructions announced over the PA system and use the emergency exits which are clearly marked with illuminated signs that are supported by the emergency power system and continue to function even during periods of power outages.

    Plan ahead—when you check into your room, check the location of exits. Walk to the nearest exit; learn the route, obstacles, etc. Keep your room key on the night stand when you are in your room. Examine your room. Check the windows to see if they open and how. Examine the area outside your window.


    Safety Tips

    Street Safety
    The streets of any city at any time can be unsafe. When you leave your hotel to go out during the day or the evening, make sure you take off your badge. Wearing a badge is an advertisement that you are a visitor to the city and that you are probably unfamiliar with your location.

    Walk “smart” when you leave the convention site —know your destination and the best way to reach it. Walk along lighted sidewalks at night and don’t walk alone. Trust your instincts—if you’re uncomfortable with a situation, get out of it.

    Hotel Safety
    Don’t answer the door in a hotel room without verifying who it is. If a person claims to be an employee, call the front desk and ask if a staff person is supposed to have access to your room and for what purpose. Use the hotel safe-deposit box. When you’re in your hotel room, use all of the locking devices provided. Don’t reveal your room number or discuss plans for leaving the hotel within earshot of strangers.

  • Technical Program Information

    Badge Scanning

    Badges must be worn for admission to the technical program. Room monitors will scan badges at the door. The scanning process will provide you with a summary of all sessions attended at the conclusion of the conference and will be emailed to you. Please keep track of the sessions that you attend at the conference. If you do not desire to have a summary of the sessions you do not need to be scanned.


    Session Evaluations

    Response cards are distributed to audience members that comment during Technical Paper sessions. Please complete the question/comment card and return it to a monitor. Questions are given to the author for reply and published with the Technical Paper in ASHRAE Transactions. Please access the ASHRAE 365 app to complete the technical program speaker and session evaluations.


    PDHs

    All of the sessions presented in the technical program are approved for professional development hours (PDHs), including State of Florida PDHs. In addition, some sessions are approved for the State of New York PDHs and AIA Learning Units. Those programs are indicated with a symbol. Others are approved for LEED AP credits and are indicated with a symbol. Certain sessions may be acceptable for ASHRAE certification renewal. Send questions to certification@ashrae.org. In order to report your attendance at the session, PDH and AIA sign-in sheets in the session room. Sessions are approved for 1, 1.5 or 2 PDHs depending on the length of the session.


    Conference Papers

    During the Annual and Winter Conferences, papers presented in the technical and conference paper sessions can be purchased in the ASHRAE Bookstore onsite, as individual hard copies or a collection of downloadable PDFs. After the conference, all papers can be purchased in the ASHRAE Bookstore online (ashrae.org/bookstore). Final technical papers are published with discussion in ASHRAE Transactions. Papers are not available for seminars, forums, panels, workshops or debates. All papers published between the years 1980–1997 may be searched online in the Abstract Archive Center. Access to the Abstract Archives is a member benefit. For ordering information, contact ASHRAE Customer Service at 1-800-527-4723 or cservice@ashrae.org.


    Virtual Conference

    Don’t miss the state-of-the-art concepts and latest design techniques presented in the Society’s tech-nical program available through the virtual conference. The Atlanta Virtual Conference allows you to view presentations and to interact with an online audience through a discussion board. All registered conference attendees will receive an email notification when sessions are available for viewing. The email will include a link to the Atlanta Virtual Conference. If you do not have your password, go to ashrae.org/atlantavirtual and click on the link to access the Virtual Conference and put in your email address to request your password.

    Virtual Conference registration includes:

    • Synced audio and PowerPoint presentations from all, conference paper sessions, seminars, technical paper sessions and workshops.
    • Ability to post comments and rate presentations.
    • Print presentation slides in notes format

    Ability to post questions or answers for selected sessions through Monday, January 28. Presentations available online for 18 months.

    A full slate of technical programs will be posted beginning Monday, January 14, of the sessions that were presented the previous day, with additional content posted through Thursday, January 17.

    Access to the Atlanta Virtual Conference is free with your conference registration. To register only for the Virtual Conference, go to ASHRAE Registration in International A-D, M2 Level, North Tower of the Omni, or register online ($249 ASHRAE member; $445 non-member).

  • Certification Exams

    Sit for Certification Exams

    Saturday, January 12
    9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Pecan, M3 level, North Tower Omni

    Wednesday, January 16
    8:00 – 11:30 a.m.
    C213, 2nd floor, GWCC, Building C

    A pencil-and-paper administration of all 6 certification examinations will be held in conjunction with the ASHRAE Winter Conference in Atlanta:

    • Building Commissioning Professional (BCxP)
    • Building Commissioning Professional (CPMP Recertification)
    • Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP)
    • Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP)
    • High-Performance Building Design Professional (HBDP)
    • Healthcare Facility Design Professional (HFDP)
    • Operations & Performance Management Professional (OPMP)

    *Pre-registration and application required.

  • Publications

    Check out the Bookstores

    ASHRAE Bookstores will be located in the Omni, International A-D, M2 level, North Tower. More than 300 books, conference papers and other recent publications will be available for purchase. Browse some of our bestsellers and new releases at www.techstreet.com/ashrae.

  • Registration

    Registration

    Location:
    International A-D, M2 level, North Tower, Omni

    Hours:
    Friday, January 11: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Saturday, January 12: 7:15 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Sunday, January 13: 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Monday, January 14: 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Tuesday, January 15: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Wednesday, January 16: 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

    Onsite Registration Fees (December 31–January 16):
    $625, member/$830, non-member
    $600, first-time member attendee/$805, first-time non-member attendee
    $240, member one-day fee/$285, non-member one-day fee
    $70, one-session fee
    $120, Life Member
    $120, speaker
    $25, student branch advisor
    $25, student member/$55, full-time student non-member
    $55, spouse/guest

  • ASHRAE Headquarters Room

    ASHRAE Headquarters Room

    Location:
    Maple BC, Atrium Terrace (AT) level, South Tower, Omni

    Hours:
    Friday, January 11: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Saturday, January 12: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Sunday, January 13: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m..
    Monday, January 14: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Tuesday, January 15: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Wednesday, January 16: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

  • ASHRAE Member Lounge

    ASHRAE Member Lounge

    Location:
    Atrium Terrace, Atrium Terrace (AT) level, South Tower, Omni

    Hours:
    Saturday, January 12: 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Sunday, January 13: 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Monday, January 14: 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Tuesday, January 15: 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Wednesday, January 16: 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

  • ASHRAE Speaker's Lounge

    ASHRAE Speaker's Lounge

    Location:
    Saturday – Tuesday: GWCC, A406/A407, Level 4, Building A
    Wednesday: GWCC, B202, Level 2, Building B

    Hours:
    Saturday, January 12: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Sunday, January 13: 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Monday, January 14: 7:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. and 1:30 – 5:00 p.m.
    Tuesday, January 15: 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Wednesday, January 16: 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

  • ASHRAE Spouse Lounge

    ASHRAE Spouse Lounge

    Location:
    Maple Terrace, Atrium Terrace (AT) level, South Tower, Omni

    Hours:
    Saturday, January 12: 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Sunday, January 13: 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Monday, January 14: 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Tuesday, January 15: 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Wednesday, January 16: 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

  • AHR Expo

    AHR Expo

    See new products from 2,100+ Exhibitors
    Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC)
    285 Andrew Young Intl Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
    ASHRAE Booth: B1638

    If you have registered for the ASHRAE Winter Conference, your conference badge is your admission into the exposition.

    If you are attending the exposition only and you did not register in advance, the fee for admission is $30.00 and can be paid at GWCC. Registration for the AHR Expo will be open starting on Sunday, January 13 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    Show Hours:
    Monday, January 14 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Registration opens at 8:00 a.m.)
    Tuesday, January 15 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Registration opens at 9:00 a.m.)
    Wednesday, January 16 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Registration opens at 9:00 a.m.)

    You must be 18 years or older to be admitted to the show floor. Students ages 16 and 17 will be admitted on Show days but only if accompanied by an adult.

  • Conference Policies

    Company-Sponsored Hospitality Suite Policy

    Hospitality suite hours must not conflict with ASHRAE meetings or social functions. Product displays, literature handouts, posting of signs in hotel lobbies or hallways, and commercial advertising or recruiting are not allowed in the Omni.


    Sale of Merchandise Policy

    Sale of merchandise, or the solicitation to sell merchandise, of any type at the Annual and Winter Conferences will only be permitted by prior approval of the Conferences and Expositions Committee and any surplus will go to the Society.


    Signs/Displays of Affiliate Meeting Information

    Signs and information concerning affiliate or related organizations must be approved by the Society prior to display. No signs are to be attached to walls, and all signs must be professionally printed.


    Photo Release

    Photographs will be taken at the ASHRAE Winter Conference. By registering for this conference, you agree to allow ASHRAE to use your photo in any ASHRAE-related publications or website.


    Video Recording Policy

    ASHRAE regards the materials presented at these sessions to be the unique work of ASHRAE and exercises control over the dissemination and/or use of such products in the future. Accordingly, videotaping and recording of this program are not allowed without ASHRAE’s prior written consent.

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