CENTER UNDER CONSTRUCTION
Steel Being Erected at Southern New England's Largest Convention Facility
HARTFORD, CT, September 2003 - Towering cranes
are building the new Connecticut Convention Center, a 550,000 square-foot
facility anchoring New England's newest convention destination, the Adriaen's
Landing development in downtown Hartford. Featuring giant exhibit, ballroom and
meeting spaces and a dramatic glazed lobby more than 1.5 football fields long,
the Connecticut Convention Center will be the largest between New York and
Boston, offering high technology amenities and abundant local restaurants,
shopping and attractions.
"We have designed the Connecticut
Convention Center as a showpiece in a revitalized Hartford, and a nationally
competitive facility," said Governor John G. Rowland, leader of the
Connecticut Convention Center and Adriaen's Landing development initiative.
"We are building a world-class convention center to complement the
world-class arts, entertainment, heritage and other attractions in Hartford and
The facility is being constructed overlooking
the Connecticut River on the eastern edge of downtown Hartford, adjacent to the
new Hartford Marriott Downtown, and Front Street, an exciting restaurant,
retail, residential and entertainment district, all opening in 2005. When
completed, more than 1,600 hotels rooms will be located within walking distance
of the new Connecticut Convention Center.
The Connecticut Convention Center is designed by
Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates (TVS), winner of the prestigious
American Institute of Architects 2002 Architecture Firm Award, and Amenta/Emma
Architects of Hartford, the Associate Architect for the project.
"The Connecticut Convention Center will be
exceptionally user friendly," said Michael Ezell, AIA, and design principal
for TVS. "All major spaces and levels are both visible and accessible from
the lobby, and the views of Hartford and the river will be unique for this type
The 145,000 square foot Exhibit Hall can
accommodate 800 10'X10' booths. The 40,000 square foot Ballroom, the largest in
New England, is designed for comfortable group meals serving nearly 3,000
people, or receptions for more than 5,000 from a lofty vantage point 75-feet
above street level.
Conference facilities at the Connecticut
Convention Center have the flexibility to host large conventions as well as
intimate upscale meetings. Attendees will connect in Hartford with
state-of-the-art telecommunications facilities for high-speed conferencing. Show
managers will use two Board Rooms overlooking the Exhibit Hall floor below.
Breakout Rooms surround the Connecticut
Convention Center's giant ballroom, and can be configured for between 50 and
The Connecticut Convention Center Ballroom and
Breakout Rooms are served by vast pre-function and lobby areas that provide more
than 23,000 square feet for registration, receptions, or booths. These spaces,
with floor-to-ceiling glass, afford exhilarating views of the Hartford skyline
and the Connecticut River from over one hundred feet above ground.
The steel superstructure of the building is well
underway, with crews now placing the ballroom and meeting levels above the
massive Exhibit Hall floor, perched over two levels of covered parking.
The Connecticut Convention Center is being
managed by Waterford Management, and is owned by the Capital City Economic
Development Authority (CCEDA). Pre-marketing is underway by the Greater Hartford
Convention & Visitor's Bureau (GHCVB), Connecticut Office of Tourism and
Benjamin Seidel, general manager of the new building. Among the new marketing
tools, Hartford is offering prospective users a digital virtual reality tour of
"Hartford is an enormously attractive
meeting market, and these new facilities will help us to satisfy a longstanding
demand from larger regional and national users," said H. Scott Phelps,
president of the GHCVB.
Seidel adds, "We are finding that there is
a lot of interest in Hartford as a fresh New England destination, because of our
heritage attractions, our location 2-hours from 20-million people, and the
attractiveness of the new building."
For more information about the Connecticut
Convention Center contact the GHCVB at 860-728-6789, or log onto www.enjoyhartford.com
and click on the "Conventions" tab.
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National PR Agency:
Lisa O'Neill/Terence Gallagher
Lou Hammond & Associates
Tel: (212) 891-0214
Connecticut Office of Tourism:
Tel: (860) 270-8080