August 3, 2010

 At its meeting on July 28, the Board inaugurated its new meeting space located at the Board's offices in downtown Washington, D.C. at 1331 F Street, N.W.  The 2,720 square foot space, which is located at suite 800, two floors below the Board's 10th floor offices, features an integrated assistive listening loop system that fully covers meeting and spectator areas, ceiling-mounted projectors, automated projection screens, supplementary monitors, and artwork made available by Easter Seals and VSA Arts.    

"The new conference space will accommodate many agency functions, including Board and committee meetings, hearings, and other events while serving as a model for meeting site accessibility," states David Capozzi, the Board's Executive Director.  It also greatly eases meeting logistics for the Board, according to Capozzi.  "Securing meeting space on a regular basis that was conveniently located, sufficiently accessible, and available on our schedule and budget was time consuming and burdensome." Further, cleaning materials and room deodorizers at certain hotel sites in the past had impacted participants who suffer from multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS).

The Board plans to broadcast future Board meetings through audio streaming with captioning to allow greater public participation.



The new space provides conference table  seating for up to 28 that can be reconfigured in a number of ways (above). The specatator area can accommodate approximately 100 people (below).



Artworks provided by VSA Arts include "Snake" by Jarred Amat (left) and "Amber's Hand" by Amber Pappas (right).vsa

The Board's offices and meeting space are located in downtown D.C. on F Street, N.W., mid-block between 13th and 14th streets. Metro Center is the closest metro station which has entrances/exits at 12th and G Streets (accessible), 13th and G Streets (inaccessible), and 12th and F Streets (inaccessible).