Meeting, Hotel & Area Information

Meeting Location

The 72nd Annual Meeting of the ORAU Council of Sponsoring Institutions will be held at Pollard Technology Conference Center.

Pollard Technology Conference Center
210 Badger Ave.
Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37830

Google Maps turn-by-turn directions are available.

Meeting Information

Hotels: The Doubletree Hotel will be the conference hotel.  If you prefer, there are other hotels within walking distance to the Doubletree, but you must cross a multi-lane highway. Crosswalks are nearby at all traffic lights. Expect a 5-10 minute walk.

Badges: You MUST register to receive your required visitor badge. If you do not have your badge, you will not be able to attend the meeting.

Attire: Dress should be in standard business attire.

Hotel Information

You may contact on your own the Doubletree Hotel. If you have difficulty obtaining a room, contact Ann Farler at 865-576-1898 or

Doubletree Hotel

215 South Illinois Ave.
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
Phone: 865-481-2468
Fax: 865-481-2474


For those traveling by air, the arrival destination is McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville/Alcoa, Tennessee. Transportation from the airport to the Oak Ridge Hotels is available through one of the following vendors:

  • Affairs of Style ($90 one way, includes tip) 865-454-4059
  • Chariots of Hire ($126.32 one way, includes tip) 865-522-8108
  • Great Impressions Limo ($78 one way, includes tip) 865-670-9777

Taxis are usually available upon arrival for the same price as the above vendors. For those that choose either of these modes of transportation, a bus will be available after the meeting to shuttle people back to the airport.

Rental cars are often the most cost effective method of traveling to Oak Ridge. Travel time is about 30 minutes (25 miles). Several rental companies are available at the airport.

For a complete list of all transportation options, visit

Area Information

Located in the valley between the Cumberland and Great Smoky Mountains, Oak Ridge, Tennessee was secretly developed during the Manhattan Project whose purpose was to create an atomic bomb to end World War II. Today, Oak Ridge is a progressive, diverse city which is home to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a multi-program science and technology laboratory managed for the U.S. Department of Energy by UT-Battelle, LLC; and the Y-12 National Security Complex, a premier manufacturing facility for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration.

Oak Ridge and the surrounding area offer a variety of cultural and recreational activities for every age and topic of interest. For more specific information about these opportunities, visit one of the links below.


Ann Farler

University Partnerships Office