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O R A N G E C O U N T Y C O N V E N T IO N C E N T E R

www.occc.net Revenue: $60 million Headquarters: Orlando, Fla.
Employees: 450 Specialty: Convention center

Perfect Vision
Orange County Convention Center looks to the future
while renovating its entire facility. BY JANICE HOPPE

The Orange County Convention Center is in the midst of a $187 million capital improvement plan to upgrade its entire complex.

Kathie Canning

executive director
"The future of the Orange
County Convention Center has
never looked brighter."

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The Orange County Convention Center
is in the midst of a five-year $187 million
capital improvement plan to upgrade
its entire seven-million-square-foot
complex. "Our mission is to continue
our top-notch service to all of our

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clients during this renovation period,"
Executive Director Kathie Canning says.
Since it first opened its doors in
1983, the Orange County Convention Center has grown from being
a 150,000-square-foot event center
serving its local community to one
of the nation's largest convention
facilities. Today, the convention
center, based in Orlando, Fla., offers
more than 2 million square feet of
exhibition space in two buildings and
hosts more than 200 conventions,
tradeshows, meetings, banquets,
consumer events and public-ticketed
events annually.
Built in 1989, the convention center's
West Halls E and F and meeting space
is the first on the plan's to-do list.
Complete renovations are being made
to modernize the exhibit space as well
as creating a 50,000-square-foot ballroom, signature meeting rooms and
an open-air terrace. This task will also
include upgrades to the carpet, doors
and d├ęcor.
Additional aspects of the project
include aesthetics, safety improvements, curtain walls, lighting and utility upgrades, restroom renovations,
fire alarm systems, new furniture
groups to concourses and an updated wireless system in both buildings
to handle more attendees on cell
phones, tablets and portable devices
at one time.
PCL Construction, based in Denver,
Colo., took the lead on the renovations by overseeing the design/build
of the project. "There are numerous
jobs ongoing with a number of them
in the design process, many in the
construction process and some are
waiting to be designed and imple-


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