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Greater Columbus Convention Center Renovation Creates Sense-of-Place for Attendees

by Meeting Professionals International | Aug 01, 2017
Greater Columbus Convention Center

A $140 million renovation and expansion of the SMG-managed Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC) is now complete. The project is highlighted by 373,000 sq. ft. of contiguous exhibit space and major additions include 10,000 sq. ft. of two-level meeting space, upper-level show offices and nine meeting rooms with outside windows. One of the most important pieces of the project is the purposeful sense-of-place created in the modernized center.

The expansion features a large, two-level open atrium entrance on the north end of the center. In a practical sense, this area serves as an ideal pre-function space for the Short North Ballrooms. More than that though, this prominent entrance better connects the center, and its guests, with the vibrant Short North Arts District just beyond its doors. For those that may not have time to check out the Short North’s numerous galleries during their visit, a collection of more than 150 pieces of local art was curated specially for the facility and its parking garages, turning the renovated center into a gallery itself.

No other sense provides a lasting bond with a place quite like taste, and new options within the GCCC certainly allow for delegates to have their fill. Both the Discovery Café and South Café & Marketplace now offer locally made food and beverages. The Discovery Café will soon provide the ultimate farm-to-table experience for those attending meetings in the center, as food-service provider Levy is installing the country’s first indoor convention center hydroponic vertical farm, which is expected to yield about 5,000 pounds of produce per year. Additionally, Levy has a partnership with Cameron Mitchell Premier Events that allows for access to a local network of suppliers, from which 85 percent of all products used by Levy are sourced.

For more information visit meet.experiencecolumbus.com