Energy efficiency is the name of the game at the SeaGate Convention Centre in Toledo, Ohio. SeaGate began generating a good portion of its own electricity in early November when four new on-site electric turbine generators came online. The clean-burning gas turbines will allow the center to generate about 40 percent of its electric needs. SeaGate provides 75,000 square feet of contiguous, column-free exhibit space that can be subdivided into three separate halls. There are 25 meeting rooms, and 620 hotel rooms next door, with 7,000 more in the city.
At the 22-acre Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa, in Honolulu, construction of the Grand Waikikian, a 38-story timeshare and retail development, began in June. It will be operated by Hilton Grand Vacations Co., and is expected to be completed in late 2008 with 34 floors of retail, office, and guest amenity space. Plans call for 331 guest units. The resort complex is the largest in Hawaii, with 3,386 guest rooms, more than 150,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space (including three conference centers), and more than 90 shops and boutiques.
On Hawaii's Big Island, Hilton Waikoloa Village is in the midst of a $61 million resort enhancement capital project scheduled for completion by the end of 2007. The three-phase project launched in 2005, with renovations to the majority of the resort's 1,240 guest rooms, the 25,000-square-foot Kohala Sports Club & Spa, the 432-seat stadium court at Kohala Tennis Gardens, high-speed wireless Internet access, and more. All ballrooms and meeting facilities have been updated and now have advanced lighting and sound systems.
Less than an hour from Salt Lake City International Airport, Zermatt Resort & Spa opened this summer. The Swiss-style resort village is located outside of Park City, Utah. The resort's Matterhorn Conference Center offers more than 28,000 square feet of meeting space, including meeting rooms, hospitality suites, and an exhibition center. Hotel de Baer has 226 guest rooms and Chateau Hotel Villas provides 126 suites. A three-level, 17,000-square-foot spa features an indoor/outdoor pool. In the spring, summer, and fall, guests have access to 90-holes of golf that surround Zermatt. Reservations can be made at any of Midway's courses: The Homestead Resort (18 holes), Wasatch Mountain State Park (36 holes), and Soldier Hollow (36 holes).
In 2007, the Kansas City Convention Center will have one of the ten largest convention center ballrooms in the nation. In 2002, Kansas City voters gave the green light to a $150 million expansion, renovation, and technology upgrade of the center. The centerpiece of the project is the 46,450-square-foot grand ballroom, with the capacity to hold 4,650 people theater-style or 3,000 people for meal functions. State-of-the-art lighting using clerestory windows will allow natural light into the space. The grand ballroom's primary 40,500-square-foot space will be able to expand to 46,450 square feet by incorporating the south pre-function space, which offers dramatic views from its 38-foot high, all-glass south wall. For smaller events, the ballroom can be divided into three separate rooms. Construction is scheduled for completion in May 2007. The renovation of the convention center's meeting space was finished in January 2005. The Kansas City Convention Center offers 388,800 square feet of exhibit space, 98,000 square feet of meeting space and 23,900 square feet of ballroom space, which will remain to accommodate smaller events.
Set to open in 2008, the Raleigh Convention Center will include more than 500,000 square feet of space, 19 meeting rooms, an exhibit hall with 150,000 square feet of space, and a 32,000-square-foot ballroom. An attached Marriott hotel will offer 15,000 square feet of meeting space.