Executives of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh announce the availability of “The Confluence, an Event Studio” that will provide the opportunity for organizations to livestream, pre-record presentations and host hybrid events. The studio is another example of the all-encompassing benefits that the center is able to offer meeting and event planners now dealing with COVID-19 concerns of its members and attendees and temporary budget restrictions.
“While hybrid meetings are not new in our industry, the demand for them has increased dramatically due to this pandemic forcing meeting and event planners to make adjustments to their events to continue to address the needs of their members and attendees who will not be ready to travel anytime soon,” says DLCC General Manager Tim Muldoon. “The Confluence offers a professional setting and the latest technology to present webinars, panel discussions, training, summits and keynotes.”
The studio can be customized—even relocated—to meet the meeting or event planners’ needs, says Kelli Donahoe, CMP, DLCC director of sales and marketing. “While The Confluence presently has a permanent location in the center, we understand that planners may want the studio closer to the exhibit hall or another area, so we can relocate the technology/equipment quite easily,” she adds.
That flexibility stems from a combination of onsite partnerships with Three Rivers Entertainment, which has years of experience executing high quality virtual, hybrid and recorded productions; and showNets, the Center’s exclusive telecommunications provider that offers a fully redundant dual circuit that can burst well above planners’ needs. “If that may sound sophisticated that’s because it is,” says Donahoe, “but no worries because a tech will be available for the duration of the event, and a dedicated network engineer will manage and monitor the network and stream in real-time to ensure that everything is functioning properly.”
Pittsburgh locals and frequent visitors to the region might think that the name, the Confluence, was chosen to recognize the location of the city at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers, where they meet to form the Ohio River, it was also chosen to recognize the importance of meetings, conventions and events, Muldoon explains.
“Our industry has long understood the importance of meetings, conventions and events—opportunities for people to come together at one point or location to share ideas and discuss new solutions,” says Muldoon. “So, we are doing everything we can at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center to ensure people can still come together whether in person or virtually during this time period.”
In addition to The Confluence, Muldoon says the DLCC offers so many more attributes that can help meeting planners re-imagine their meetings with the confidence that their health and safety are the highest priorities.
The facility provides more than 1.5 million feet of meeting and exhibit space, which, due to the column-free exhibit halls, allows an abundance of spacing for meeting planners’ preferences and it also holds the highest rating for LEED® Platinum Certification in the U.S., which demonstrates the center’s environmental commitment to the City of Pittsburgh.
The building’s design provides an even more unique benefit to meeting and event attendees. With sloping roofs, it can boast of a natural air ventilation system, which pulls cool air from the outside without using any mechanical equipment—just dampers and thermostats. This allows natural outside air to be circulated throughout the large event halls. The kinds of air management systems utilized at the Center are the kinds of systems that can provide the most air turnover and the greatest kind of air management possible to help respond to challenges like COVID-19.
With the additional mechanical air systems that serve the meeting rooms, outside air also is constantly circulated through the meeting spaces, helping to make attendees feel more confident and comfortable. And these are standard positions—this is the way the building was designed from day one. It is extremely capable of creating a safe environment, as it has for the last 20 years. Additionally, the DLCC will continue to strive to meet and exceed county, state and CDC guidelines.
Muldoon adds that The Confluence can be a perfect solution for local and regional organizations that are not able to meet. “We have already had the studio used by a Pittsburgh organization for a meeting, and it went flawlessly,” says Muldoon.
Pittsburgh’s environmentally smart, LEED® Platinum Certified David L. Lawrence Convention Center located in Pittsburgh is owned by the Sports & Exhibition Authority of Allegheny County. This 1.5 million-sq.ft. facility features 313,000 sq.ft. of exhibit space, 37 loading docks, 53 meeting rooms and a 31,000-sq.ft. ballroom. The building’s dynamic architectural design is like no other convention center, offering breathtaking views, open terraces and a suspended roof structure. For more info about The Confluence or the health and safety processes and guidelines in place at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, contact Angie Jasper, CMP, MBA, senior national sales manager, at (412) 335-0523, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.