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Snapshots of convention centers in the Midwest U.S. and Africa

Minneapolis Convention Center – Minneapolis, Minn.
Minneapolis Convention Center is the largest public assembly venue in the Upper Midwest, and has achieved Level One certification to the ASTM Standard of the Evaluation and Selection of Venues for Environmentally Sustainable Meetings, Events, Tradeshows and Conferences.

Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis Convention Center

Setting sustainability goals for the future remains a top priority at MCC, and by 2015, the projected recycling rate will be 75 percent. New front-of-house waste collection containers will provide clear graphics for the easy separation of cans/bottles, paper and organics. Organics will be collected and transported to a compost site.

Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center – Madison, Wis.

Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center

Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center opened its doors after nearly 60 years of debate on July 18, 1997. It was first designed by Wisconsin native and internationally renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1938 as a cultural, governmental and recreational building. Wright reworked the design several times between 1938 and 1958 before signing off on the final plans seven weeks before his death in 1959.

Madison voters approved referenda to construct Monona Terrace – on the same site Wright had originally proposed – as a community and convention center in 1992. While Wright´s design was used for the building´s exterior, the interior was redesigned by Wright apprentice and Taliesin architect Tony Puttnam to house state-of-the-art exhibition, meeting and public space. Today, nearly 390,000 people say “see you at Monona Terrace” each year.

Denny Sanford Premier Center – Sioux Falls, S.D.

The Denny Sanford Premier Center complex offers over 71,000 square feet of flexible meeting and exhibit space, including the 16,800 square-foot Midcontinent Ballroom and 12 breakout rooms. Offered on-site are audio/visual services, sound services, staging and an experienced event management and catering staff from Ovations Food Services. The Convention Center connects to the 243-room Sheraton Hotel and the 8,000-seat Sioux Falls Arena, and is adjacent to the Canaries Baseball Stadium and Howard Wood Field. It is located less than one mile away from Joe Foss Field, the state’s largest airport.

Denny Sanford Premier Center
Denny Sanford Premier Center

Cape Town International Convention Centre – Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town International Convention Centre
Cape Town International Convention Centre

With the iconic presence of Table Mountain in the background and a stone’s throw from the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) offers a unique combination of world-class venues and facilities, service-orientated flexibility and professional staff committed to exceed the expectations of clients and guests. This multi-purpose convention center includes advanced technology services, large-scale capacity venues, fully equipped boardrooms and on-site five-star accommodation. CTICC is the first convention center in Africa to obtain three internationally recognized management system certifications.

 

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