• The Pennsylvania Convention Center, which completed a $786-million renovation and expansion in 2011, recently earned LEED Gold certification for the new addition, and was named the “Best Government/Public Building of 2011” by the Engineering News-Record of New York.
• With more than 1 million square feet of space in the heart of Philadelphia, the center is spacious yet ideally located close to some of the city’s best dining, shopping, and attractions, including historic Reading Terminal Market and Chinatown. Philadelphia’s Center City also offers more than 11,000 hotel rooms, with more in the works for 2013.
• While the 14th-largest convention center in the country can comfortably accommodate citywide conventions of up to 30,000 attendees, the staff will make corporate meetings of 30 feel just as at home. From the new tasting kitchen for VIPs and special events to the most advanced meeting technology in the nation, the Pennsylvania Convention Center has the amenities and flexible spaces that planners want and need.
• Affordability and sustainability are always top of mind for the staff of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Recently, the facility cut labor rates by 8 percent, and as a result of energy-conservation initiatives, the center decreased electric costs by 34 percent during the first eight months of 2012.
Space to spare The Pennsylvania Convention Center’s 23,400-square- foot, light-filled Broad Street Atrium features a soaring entrance that reaches 100 feet. The facility also offers a number of other unique spaces, including the largest exhibit hall and ballroom in the Northeast.
stroll the connecting arts walk that leads to the new Barnes Foundation and the Phila- delphia Museum of Art, while history buffs will find the National Constitution Center and Liberty Bell close by. Three sports facilities — where the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers, and 76ers call home — sit just south of Center City, giv- ing sports fanatics a convenient fix. Accessibility is key to any successful
meeting, and that’s one of Philadelphia’s top assets. With an ideal location in the center of the Northeast Corridor in Philadelphia, often called “the cradle of liberty,” the Pennsylva-
nia Convention Center is within a day’s drive of more than 40 percent of the U.S. popula- tion. The city is also a hub for a number of important industry sectors, from life sciences to green technology, and 330 Fortune 500 companies and more than 100 colleges and universities call the region home.
For more information: Pennsylvania Convention Center — Stephanie Boyd, Vice President, Sales, Marketing, and Conven- tion Services; (215) 418-4750; sales@pacon- vention.com; paconvention.com
CONVENTION CENTER SPECS
Total space • More than 1 million square feet
Total contiguous exhibit space • 528,000 square feet
Total exhibit space • 679,000 square feet • Ballrooms: Two (32,000 square feet and 55,400 square feet)
• Grand Hall: 34,960 square feet • Broad Street Atrium: 23,400 square feet • Meeting rooms: 82 • Loading docks: 45 • Hotel rooms within a four-minute walk: 3,936 • Hotel rooms within a 10-minute walk: 6,402 • Hotel rooms within Philadelphia’s Center City: More than 11,000