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On the Road to Recovery: GBAC Star, TCF Center & NASCAR

(Pictured above: USGBC Leadership Award winner the TCF Center in Detroit)

Walt Disney is famous for saying, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” In 2020, we are dreaming of getting the industry back to work and making it safe for people to be together again.

GBAC STAR Accreditation Expands

GBAC-Star-Seal-GradientThe Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC), a Division of ISSA, is helping to make those dreams a reality with the cleaning industry’s only outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation for facilities: GBAC STAR.

GBAC STAR accreditation means that a facility has:

  • Maintained a cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention program to minimize risks associated with infectious agents like COVID-19.
  • Established proper cleaning protocols, disinfection techniques and work practices to combat biohazards and infectious disease.
  • Employed cleaning professionals who are trained for outbreak and infectious disease preparation and response.

The Georgia World Congress Center was the first convention center in the country to receive GBAC STAR accreditation and the Los Angeles Convention Center was the first convention center on the West Coast to earn it.

Convention Centers that have earned GBAC STAR accreditation to date:

  1. Anaheim Convention Center
  2. ASM Global-Puerto Rico Convention Center
  3. Austin Convention Center
  4. Baltimore Convention Center
  5. Buffalo Niagara Convention Center
  6. Charlotte Convention Center
  7. Duke Energy Convention Center
  8. Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
  9. Floreano Convention Center
  10. Gatlinburg Convention Center
  11. Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
  12. Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
  13. Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland
  14. Hyatt Place Bogota Convention Center
  15. Hyatt Place Orlando Convention Center
  16. Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center
  17. Hyatt Regency Portland at the Oregon Convention Center
  18. Hyatt Regency Zurich Airport The Circle Convention Center
  19. Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas
  20. Kentucky International Convention Center
  21. Lancaster County Convention Center
  22. Long Beach Convention Center
  23. Los Angeles Convention Center
  24. Lynnwood Convention Center / ASM Global
  25. McCormick Place Chicago
  26. Miami Beach Convention Center
  27. Monona Terrace Convention Center
  28. Myrtle Beach Convention Center
  29. Oakland Convention Center
  30. Orange County Convention Center
  31. Overland Park Convention Center
  32. Palm Beach County Convention Center
  33. Palm Springs Convention Center
  34. Pasadena Convention Center
  35. Pennsylvania Convention Center
  36. Phoenix Convention Center
  37. Raleigh Convention and Performing Arts Center
  38. Renasant Convention Center
  39. Safe Credit Union Convention Center
  40. San Diego Convention Center
  41. San Jose McEnery Convention Center
  42. Savannah Convention Center
  43. Tampa Convention Center
  44. The Salt Palace Convention Center
  45. Visalia Convention Center
  46. Walter E. Washington Convention Center

To learn more about GBAC STAR accreditation, visit: https://gbac.issa.com/issa-gbac-star-facility-accreditation/#:~:text=The%20GBAC%20STAR%20Accreditation%20Program%20is%20performance-based%20and,disease%20prevention%20for%20their%20staff%20and%20their%20building. For a complete listing of GBAC STAR accredited facilities, visit https://gbac.issa.com/gbac-star-facility-directory/?keywords=convention%20center.

TCF Center Receives USGBC Leadership Award

US-Green-Building-Council-Announces-2020-Leadership-Award-Recipients-While waiting for their (applied for) GBAC STAR accreditation, on November 12, during the closing event at the annual Greenbuild Virtual conference, the ASM Global/TCF Center was among 10 companies, projects and individuals to receive a 2020 U.S. Green Building Council Leadership Award.

The TCF Center is the only convention center in the U.S. receiving the award this year, and has been growing its green initiatives for a decade.

TCF Center SquareThe 2.4-million-square-foot convention center in downtown Detroit achieved LEED Gold in October 2019. The facility is a steward of human health and in response to this year’s pandemic, was designated an alternate care site where it remains prepared to provide medical care space for the overflow of local Detroit hospitals. It continues to clean and sterilize PPE for local hospitals, has distributed 2.5 million pounds of food to the local Detroit community from its docks in partnership with Food Rescue US and is periodically a site for Red Cross blood drives, as needed.

NASCAR Hall of Fame Becomes First U.S. Museum to Earn GBAC STAR Accreditation

NASCARIn more GBAC STAR news, the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority announced on November 16 that the NASCAR Hall of Fame has earned its GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation, making it the first museum in the U.S. to do so. The Hall joins other CRVA-managed and Charlotte-area venues holding this distinction, including the Charlotte Convention Center, Bojangles Entertainment Complex and Spectrum Center.

The NASCAR Hall of Fame is an interactive, entertainment attraction honoring the history and heritage of NASCAR that opened in 2010. The facility includes exhibits, a 278-person state-of-the-art theater, Hall of Honor, Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant, NASCAR Hall of Fame Gear Shop and NASCAR Productions-operated broadcast studio. The 5-acre site also includes a privately developed 19-story office tower and 102,000-square-foot expansion to the Charlotte Convention Center, highlighted by a 40,000-square-foot ballroom.

Upcoming stories in this series will feature companies and individuals who have pivoted or created new products to survive these difficult and challenging times. Please email us at newsdesk@exhibitcitynews.com for inclusion in future stories in this series.

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