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BTES Conference 2013
Roger Williams University | New Jersey Institute of Technology

July 11-13, 2013
Bristol, Rhode Island, United States



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Roger Williams University is a leading independent, coeducational university where liberal arts education is paired with education for the professions. RWU’s mantra is “Learning to Bridge the World”…an ideal metaphor for a conference on teaching technology. Roger Williams University is located on a gorgeous ocean-front campus is historic Bristol, RI, about 15 miles south of Providence Rhode Island. The student population is 3,500, 10% of which are architecture majors. The campus is on a RIPTA bus line running between Providence and Newport. Downtown Bristol is accessible by this bus line, or by a pleasant 1.5 mile walk.
The BTES Conference would be hosted in the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation located in the center campus, a short walk from the dorm and dining commons. All three of these are less than 10 years old! The architecture building was designed by William Kite Architects, a local firm who won a national blind competition in 1984. The building features an 85 seat lecture hall, seminar rooms and gallery space. The campus is on a peninsula between Narragansett and Mt. Hope Bays. The site of a former coastal farm that gently slopes to shore of Mt, Hope Bay. Just to the south of campus there is a campus recreation center, walking trails, and a waterfront recreation facility offering kayaks for rent. Downtown Bristol is a historic seaside village featuring an active harbor, and many fine restaurants and historic homes and museums open to the public.

RWU campus




Housing for attendees will be available on campus in a Roger Williams newest and most coveted residence hall on campus. A new award winning LEED certifiable building design by Perkins and Will. North Residence Hall offers the most modern, most environmentally friendly accommodations ever offered at a BTES conference…and the only one ever with ocean views!

Rates for all rooms are $50 per night/per person in shared doubles.


Additional hotel accommodations available in the Bristol vicinity include:
Bristol Area Hotels (Approximately 10-20 minutes from campus)
Bristol Harbor Inn, Bristol (401) 254-1444
Courtyard by Marriott, Middletown (401) 849-8000
Hampton Inn, Middletown (401) 847-5131
Holiday Inn Express, Middletown (800) 333-4121
Residence Inn by Marriott, Middletown (401) 845-2005
Ramada, Middletown (401) 846-3555
Newport, RI Area Hotels (Approximately 30 minutes south of campus)
Best Western (401) 849-9880
Hotel Viking (401) 847-3300
Hyatt Regency Newport (401) 851-1234
Newport Marriott (401) 849-1000
Providence, RI Area Hotels (Approximately 30 minutes north of campus)
Omni Biltmore Hotel, Providence (401) 421-0700
Providence Marriott, Providence (866) 807-2171
Westin Hotel, Providence (401) 598-8000


Transportation - Roger Williams University is located in Bristol, RI, about 15 miles south of downtown Providence. The Providence Airport is actually in Warwick, RI, 24 miles from campus. Logan Airport in Boston is 65 miles away. There is public transportation available to campus from both airports, and downtown Providence. Amtrak trains, both Acela and NE Regional service, stop in downtown Providence…see below to get from Providence to Bristol. Over one-third of all ACSA member schools are located within a day’s drive of campus, so it is hoped that will be an attractive option for many attendees.
To get to RWU Campus in Bristol:
From Providence Airport (also known as T.F. Green Airport located in Warwick, RI.)
1. Take shuttle or taxi directly to campus. (Approx. $50 45 minutes)
2. Take train or RIPTA bus to Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence, and then take RIPTA bus or taxi from there to campus. (Approx. $15 1 hour)

From Boston/Logan Airport
1. Take MBTA Silver Line bus from airport to South Station….take MBTA train to Providence… then take RIPTA bus or taxi from there to campus. (Approx. $15 2 hours)
From Providence Amtrak Station
Take RIPTA bus or taxi from station to campus. (Approx. $2 bus/$30 taxi 1/2 hour)
By Car
Miles to Bristol, RI from…
Boston, MA 65 Albany, NY 180
New York City 195 Philadelphia, PA 285
Montreal, Canada 370 Baltimore, MD 380
Washington, DC 418 Buffalo, NY 465
We are also planning to provide a pre-conference digital doodle survey to arrange ride-sharing for attendees coming from either airport.




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