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Annual Meeting - Hotel & Transportation


The 2014 GWA Symposium will be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania!

It's easy to get to Pittsburgh. Located halfway between New York City and Chicago, Pittsburgh is a short flight or a day's drive for more than 70 percent of the U.S. population and 50 percent of the Canadian population. Air travelers arrive at Pittsburgh International Airport, named "Best U.S Airport" by Condé Nast Traveler.

Once in Pittsburgh, you are greeted by a city founded at the confluence of three rivers and steeped in history. Whether jogging the tree-lined riverfront trails; taking in the action of the Steelers, Penguins or Pirates; discovering a world-class art scene; or exploring the city's jazz legacies, there is something to entertain everyone. 

Pittsburgh's green-certified David L. Lawrence Convention Center is considered one of the most beautiful convention centers in the world. By definition, your event at this Center will be "green" because of the building's design as well as its environmentally friendly operation. The Center features walls of windows, filling 236,900 square feet of column-free space with brilliant sunlight. Outside, expansive terraces and balconies open to dazzling river views and cityscapes. Courtesy of the Pittsburgh Visitors Bureau.

Our 2014 Host Hotel and Meeting Location:

The Westin Convention Center (Host Guest and Education Space) 1000 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 The Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh immerses you in the heart of the city, making travel convenient for both business and leisure guests. In addition to the renowned Heavenly Bed® and Heavenly Bath®, the hotel is home to The Original Fish Market restaurant and a full service WestinWORKOUT® facility.

The Westin Convention Center, Pittsburgh is the only Pittsburgh hotel directly connected to the Pittsburgh Convention Center - David L. Lawrence Convention Center by skywalk. This Pittsburgh hotel's unique combination of Pittsburgh meetings space, coupled with the Pittsburgh Meeting Offers at the Convention Center make this hotel a perfect choice.

The Westin Convention Center features wireless Internet access (Complementary for GWA members) fitness center and heated pool.  More information about The Westin is available at:

To make a hotel reservation at The Westin Convention Center for the GWA Annual Symposium please call 412.281.3700 or follow the below link for online reservations.

A special block of rooms has been set-aside for GWA meeting participants. The deadline for discounted room rates and guaranteed space availability is: July 16, 2014.

Mention Garden Writers Association for Discounted Room Rate:
Guest Room $135 USD - single/double

David L. Lawrence Convention Center (Host Exhibit Space)
1000 Ft. Duquesne Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15222

You could call the David L. Lawrence Convention Center one of the most significant milestones in Pittsburgh's environmental transformation. The Center reflects the environmental friendliness that now is a hallmark of our region. As the world's first certified green convention center, the building symbolizes this region's commitment to sustainable development and environmental awareness.

The Convention Center is functional as well as beautiful. On the cutting edge of design, this innovative structure by Rafael Viñoly Architects connects the urban city to the waterfront overlooking the Allegheny River. Boasting breathtaking views of the North Shore and Downtown Pittsburgh from the concourses, balconies and terraces, the Center is in the heart of the Downtown business and cultural districts. Hotels, retail stores, theaters and restaurants are within easy walking distance.


Pittsburgh is a city with many connections. It’s convenient location provides for easy transportation by air and ground.
Area Airport: Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)

Driving Directions:
From Pittsburgh International Airport

 Take I-376 E (towards Pittsburgh) through the Fort Pitt Tunnel and across the Fort Pitt Bridge. Continue onto I-279. Take exit 70B toward Convention Center/Strip District. Merge onto 10th Street Bypass. Continue onto Fort Duquesne Blvd. Turn right onto 10th st. Turn left onto Penn Ave and your destination will be on the right.

From the North

 Take Interstate 79 South to Interstate 279 South. Follow the signs to Interstate 579 South and cross over Veterans Bridge. Take the 7th Avenue Exit. Proceed to the second light and turn right. Pass the next light and the hotel's driveway is on the right.

From South
Take I-79 North to the Pittsburgh Exit. Take I-279 North across Fort Pitt Bridge into the city. Follow the signs to Liberty Avenue. Take Liberty Avenue to 10th Street and turn left. The hotel entrance is on the right.

From the South 

Take I-79 N to Exit 59 A Pittsburgh to I-279 N through Ft. Pitt Tunnels and across the Ft. Pitt Bridge. Take Ft. Duquesne Blvd Exit 6C. Follow sign to Convention/Strip District on 10th Street Bypass.

From the East 

Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Exit 57 to 376 West. Take 376 West to Exit 1C (Grant Street). Take Grant Street to 11th Street and turn left. Go 1 block to Pennsylvania Avenue. Turn left and go 1 block to 10th Street. Turn left on 10th Street, and the hotel entrance is on the left.

From the West/ PA Turnpike Take I-76 E (PA Turnpike) to Exit 28 Cranberry. Follow signs to I-79 S to I-279 S across Ft. Duquesne Bridge to 10th Street Bypass. 

 For the most convenient trip from the airport to The Westin Convention Center, Pittsburgh, take the SuperShuttle. For pricing and more information, visit the SuperShuttle website:

 Use Amtrak to arrive at the Westin. Amtrak has stations within half a block of the Westin. For pricing and more information, visit the Amtrak website:

MegaBus & Greyhound 
Use MegaBus or Greyhound to arrive at the Westin. The stations are located directly across the street from the Westin. For pricing and more information, visit the Megabus or Greyhound websites: &

Port Authority (local transit system)
Consider using the Pittsburgh local transportation service, Port Authority of Pittsburgh. Use the 28X airport flyer located on the lower level of the airport’s landside building, door #6. The transit drop off location is across the street from the Westin. The cost for using the PAT is under $5. Below is a link to the current schedule.


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