Greetings Conference Attendees!

We are excited to have you join us at the AWRA-WA 2016 Annual Conference on October 26 at the Mountaineers Seattle Program Center! For your reference, we have assembled some information that we thought you might find useful.


Conference Location:

Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

7700 Sand Point Way NE

Seattle, WA 98115


Registration and Check-in:  7:00 AM to 8:00 AM

Budgeting Driving Time: To be safe, give yourself at least thirty minutes to get from SR520 or I-5 to Sand Point by car. There are several stoplights, and the arterials can get clogged during rush hour. We are starting the conference at 8:00 AM sharp.

Navigating Sand Point: Sand Point has an interesting history, and interesting history makes for interesting navigation. There are three entrances to Sand Point. The Mountaineers facility, circled in red in the map on the next page, is accessed from the entrance in the middle, marked by the red arrow. The north entrance takes you to the NOAA facility (the gray area on the map) via an overpass, and it offers no access to the Mountaineers facility even though the map suggests it would be the fastest way to get there. See photo in the full information packet (link above). You drive under the brick building. Remember to turn left immediately after you pass through the building.

Parking: Parking is free and plentiful in the large lot south of the climbing wall on the south side of the Mountaineers facility and along the road. See photo in the full information packet (link above). The entrance to conference registration is on the west side of the building.

Coffee and Food: We are very excited to have Pyramid Catering with us at the conference. Vegetarian and Gluten Free dining options will be available. A continental breakfast will be available before the conference starts. At the first break, coffee and light refreshments will be served. Lunch is buffet style. Additional refreshments will be provided during our afternoon break. We hope you save some appetite and join us for our evening reception, where we will be serving a buffet of Northwest hors d’oeuvres, as well as beer, wine, and other refreshments. The reception will be held onsite beginning immediately after the close of the conference and running until 7:00 PM.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact Rabia Ahmed at or Jason McCormick at

See you at the conference!

Rabia Ahmed and Jason McCormick

AWRA-WA 2016 Conference Co-chairs


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