University of Georgia
The Savannah River Ecology Laboratory Conference Center is a 5,000-square-foot multi-purpose facility located on the U.S. Department of Energy's Savannah River Site (SRS) near Aiken, S.C. The facility is used by the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, the Department of Energy, schools, businesses, and other groups, to host a variety of meetings and educational programs.
The facility includes a large conference room, small conference room, two offices, a kitchen suitable for large gatherings, a display area, and restrooms. The large conference room accommodates approximately 150 people. Surrounded by wooded areas and located adjacent to Upper Three Runs Creek, a designated SREL research site, the center also provides ample opportunities for outdoor education.
The SREL Conference Center is located on Highway 278, south of Aiken. [View map] The facility is convenient to both Aiken, SC, (~15 minutes) and Augusta, GA, (~25 minutes). Although the Savannah River Site is a secured facility, the SREL Conference Center is located outside the security perimeter, and is therefore easily accessible to guests. No security clearance is required.
From Augusta, GA: take Highway 28 east to Beech Island, S.C. Then take U.S. Highway 278 east (Sand Bar Ferry Road) to New Ellenton, S.C. Intersect Highway 19. Continue east on Highway 278 about 3.5 miles. Turn left at the Conference Center sign. Then follow the gravel road and signs to the building.
From Aiken, SC: take Highway 19 south (Whiskey Road) to New Ellenton, S.C. Then turn left (east) on U.S. Highway 278. Go about 3.5 miles. Turn left at the Conference Center sign. Then follow the gravel road and signs to the building.
The facility is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; evening or weekend bookings may be made by special arrangement with the facility coordinator. A deposit and rental fee are required, and cancellations must be made at least 24 hours in advance to avoid penalty. Catering is the responsibility of the client. To make a reservation please contact the facility coordinator, Sean Poppy, at (803)725-7588.