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Public Works for Public Learning: An International Conference
San Francisco, California, June 20-22, 2012

Under the direction of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District, CUREE is organizing a conference on ways to capitalize on our public works to provide the "person on the street" with interesting exhibits and learning experiences.

Be part of this historic two day event, save the dates, June 21 and 22, 2011. Plan on arriving on June 20 for the evening reception which will provide an opportunity to relax, network, and check in for early registration.

Questions or comments?

Please email:

or call Reed Helgens at 510-665-3529.

The conference is part of a Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District project to establish a permanent outdoor exhibition at the south end (San Francisco side) of the Golden Gate Bridge. APWA is serving as an advisor to the project. The experiences and lessons learned from that project will be presented, along with a tour of the site. The exhibition, now under construction, features a detailed scale model of the bridge 90 feet long made of stainless steel, which provides a “table of contents” for twenty satellite hands-on exhibits around it. The satellite exhibits inform the public about the history of the bridge, its engineering and construction, and how it is operated and maintained. Funding for the project has been provided by the National Science Foundation under a grant intended to boost the public’s understanding of engineering, science, technology, and mathematics through experiences at out-of-the-classroom venues. The centerpiece of the entire exhibition is the Golden Gate Bridge itself.

Special Invitation to APWA Members

APWA members will receive a discounted registration rate for the conference, and a special room rate of $169 per night has been obtained for the conference hotel, the Hyatt Regency. The hotel is one of San Francisco’s most prestigious, located adjacent to the cable car line, Ferry Building and ferry routes, Embarcadero Center shopping, and other amenities. For more information please contact Mary Currie, Public Affairs Director, Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District, at Additional notices and further information about the conference will be provided in future issues of the APWA Reporter.

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. G. Wayne Clough is President Emeritus of the Georgia Institute of Technology and Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, a position he has held since July 2008. A graduate of Georgia Tech, in civil engineering, he was the first Georgia Tech alumnus to occupy that post.

Clough was president of Georgia Tech from 1994 to 2008, during which he oversaw dramatic changes in the institute, including $1 billion in new construction, increased retention and graduation rates, a higher nationwide ranking and a much larger student body. His administration championed programs to encourage undergraduate research, international experiences, and to make college more affordable for low-income students (the G. Wayne Clough Georgia Tech Promise Program).

The Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons, currently under construction and scheduled to be complete in late 2011, is named in his honor. Clough has garnered many other awards and honors, including but not limited to the title of President Emeritus, two American Society of Civil Engineers Norman Medals and membership in the National Science Board.


Hyatt Regency San Francisco
5 Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, CA 94111

Tel.: 1-415-788-2134
Fax: 1-415-398-2567

website :

Special room rates of $169 have been reserved at the conference venue, one of San Francisco's finest hotels, the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero. You won't need a car as the hotel is located next to public transportation by BART, bus, ferry routes, and cable car.

Come for the conference and stay for some fun. Conference rates will be extended for attendees 3 days prior and 3 days after the conference dates, allowing you to enjoy the bay views, world class restaurants, shopping, and entertainment that make San Francisco a top vacation destination.

More information, including registration, may be found at the conference website:

Conference Proceedings: [download here]

Project Summary
Site Plan
• 2012 Conference •

Project Management

Exhibit Developers

Website Content Consultant
History of Research
Evaluators & Advisors

Funding support provided by:
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The National Science Foundation

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