Mobile Workshops

We are pleased to offer three opportunities to explore Hartford and the greater Hartford region during the conference. Extra tickets are available for purchase on-site. Stop by the registration tables to purchase.

Thursday, October 18 - 2:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

MW 1: Making Meriden - From Flood Detention and Brownfield Remediation to a Downtown Resurgence and a New Commuter Rail TOD

After years of planning, design, and construction, the City of Meriden has unveiled “Meriden Green”, a 14-acre flood detention basin which includes an open brook, extensive walking paths, a pedestrian bridge and an amphitheater. Completion of the $14 million project and a new commuter rail line signify an awakening for the City’s central business district. Projects are underway, including roadway and sidewalk improvements, replacing existing public housing with 600 new mixed-income rental housing units, and adding 60,000 square feet of non-residential space adjacent to the Green. A bus will take us from the Convention Center to Meriden for a walking tour of the new train station, the Green, new housing, and commercial spaces in the Historic District. Come see what years of planning and a mix of funding sources can create! CM: 3.

  • Robert Seale, Director of Planning and Development, City of Meriden, CT
  • Juliet Burdelski, Director of Economic Development, City of Meriden, CT
  • Mark Arigoni, L.A., Vice President, Milone & MacBroom


Friday, October 19 - 9:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

MW 2: Improving Quality of Life in Hartford’s Northern Neighborhoods - An Inside Look

Join this mobile workshop for an exciting inside look at community building, neighborhood revitalization, and adaptive reuse, as we visit the headquarters of two organizations aiming to improve opportunity and quality of life for residents in one of the most economically-challenged areas in Connecticut. Community Solutions and the North Hartford Partnership are in the midst of coordinating a $34 million transformation of the former M. Swift & Sons Gold Leaf Factory in Hartford’s North End neighborhood into a vibrant community hub for employment and local entrepreneurship. Chrysalis Center, Inc., a non-profit housing developer and social services agency, located in the former Sealtest Milk bottling plant straddling Hartford’s Upper Albany and Asylum Hill neighborhoods, has created spaces for job training programs, a fresh food pantry and café on their campus. Come learn about the wonderful work they are doing from the organization leaders themselves! Bus transportation will be provided from the Convention Center. The tour entails walking once at the sites. CM: 2.5.

  • Patrick McKenna, Senior Project Manager, Community Solutions – North Hartford Partnership
  • Adria Giordano, Director of Development, Chrysalis Center, Inc.
  • Sharon Castelli, Chief Executive Officer, Chrysalis Center, Inc.
  • Emily Hultquist, AICP, Director of Policy Development and Planning, Capitol Region Council of Governments, CT


Friday, October 19 - 1:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

MW 3: Walking Tour - From Constitution Plaza to UConn - Exploring 50 Years of Planning & Architecture in Connecticut’s Capital City

Over the past fifty years, downtown revitalization in Hartford has involved everchanging plans and concepts. Join this architectural walking tour to view a half-century of urban planning, from the building of Constitution Plaza in the 1960’s to the recent addition of the University of Connecticut’s Hartford campus. Brush up on your knowledge of modern architecture, take a backwards glance at what did and did not work, and learn how the historic preservation plays of vital role in bringing life back to urban centers!   CM: 1.5.

  • Mary A. Falvey, Assistant Director, Hartford Preservation Alliance 
  • James H. Libby, AIA, LEED AP, Design Project Manager, University Planning, Design & Construction, UConn