• Monterey Conference Center celebrates grand reopening

     
    POSTED January 24, 2018
     

After the grand reopening in January 2018, guests can enjoy all the new features of the Monterey Conference Center’s $60 million renovations. Located in the heart of the historic downtown City of Monterey, the highly anticipated Conference Center will be the first spark for the revitalization of the city and act to inspire advancement and opportunity for members of the community.

"The renovation and grand reopening of this modern, state-of-the-art building will be an important contribution to the continued economic revitalization of Monterey and the Monterey Peninsula. Groups meeting or hosting events in the Monterey Conference Center will also be spending money in our communities including local hotels, attractions, restaurants, and shops,” says Mike McCarthy, City Manager of the City of Monterey. “The renovation of the Conference Center could not have happened without the generous support and funding from our hoteliers.”

The Monterey Conference Center will be state of the art, LEED-certified meeting facility. The space will boast over 40,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and a capacity of 3,200 people. The space is in close proximity to the newly renovated Portola Hotel & Spa and is connected to the Monterey Marriott. This means that these areas altogether will offer about 85,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, 19,150 square feet of exhibition space and 700 hotel rooms. The Conference Center will usher in a new business that will not only benefit hotels but will enhance the entire City of Monterey.

“What better way to kick off a new year than by welcoming visitors to the new Monterey Conference Center and our destination,” says Tammy Blount, President and CEO of the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau (MCCVB). “We see the facility as a regional hub of innovation that will capitalize on our destination’s natural allure and, together, help drive new thinking for group attendees.”

The City of Monterey approved the renovation to bring the Monterey Conference Center to its former glory. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) is a leading architecture interior design, engineering and urban planning firm and took on the task of spearheading the renovation. They helped generate the rebranding program which featured the new tagline – “Where Innovation & Inspiration Meet.” Monterey is proud of its rich history and heritage, so the architects worked hard to preserve the historical character of the building all while improving the space. The new area features a more sophisticated conference center and, the Monterey Conference Center will also be adding solar panels to the building. All of this is done to achieve a LEED-NC Platinum designation for the center.

“Our redesign is conscious of the goal to contemporize the site while building within the principles of the historic center and the original building’s classic style,” says Michael Duncan, Design Director of SOM in San Francisco. “The new Conference Center energizes the adjacent Portola Plaza and simultaneously embodies and facilitates connectedness—of people and ideas, from downtown businesses to waterfront amenities, and of a community to its future.”

 

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The family-focused, Wisconsin-based Great Wolf Lodge opened its first resort in Wisconsin Dells in 1997. Over the next two decades, it slowly expanded with more properties around the Midwest, moving into the Northeast, South, West and Canada. And this summer, the greater Chicago area will get its first resort from the brand.

 

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