Meeting, Hotel & Area Information

Meeting Location

The 73rd 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

Pollard Center Floor Plans

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 Richard Valentine at 865-576-1898 or

Doubletree Hotel

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


For those traveling by air, the arrival destination is McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville/Alcoa, Tennessee (TYS).

TRANSPORTATION TO OAK RIDGE FROM TYS:  To get from the airport to the Oak Ridge areas, many transportation options are available.  Travel time is about 30 minutes (25 miles).

A variety of private shuttle and private sedan services are available through: 

Taxi service is usually available upon arrival at a comparable price as the above vendors.

Rental cars may be a cost effective method of traveling to Oak Ridge. Several rental companies are available at the airport.

TRANSPORTATION FROM OAK RIDGE TO TYS: For those that do not have a rental car, an ORAU-contracted bus will be available after the meeting to take attendees back to 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.


ORAU University Partnerships Office