The EXPO Centre integrates high-tech features into its exhibit halls, ballroom and conference/catering facilities. May 07, 2010
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For more than 130 years, Northlands has been a fixture in Edmonton life and one of Western Canada’s most important venues for trade and consumer shows, outdoor fairs, concerts, catered events and much more. Hosting more than 2,500 events annually—including the Rexall Edmonton Indy, the Canadian Finals Rodeo and Farmfair International—Northlands plays a critical role in attracting important trade and consumer shows, headliner concerts and sporting events to the city. As a not-forprofit organization, Northlands reinvests its earnings into the surrounding community, leading Edmonton onto the international stage through its provision of world-class facilities and exceptional experiences.
On Dec. 1, 2009, Northlands unveiled its boldest addition to date with the opening of the new $150 million Edmonton Exposition and Conference Centre, a massive facility featuring more than 522,000 sq. ft. of contiguous space. Incorporated into existing structures, the state-of-the-art building was conceived to serve as both a stand-alone conference centre and as a complementary addition to existing facilities. The EXPO Centre integrates high-tech features into its eight exhibit halls, its 16,000-sq.-ft. ballroom and its leading edge conference and catering facilities. The building houses 34 meetings rooms ranging from 450 to 77,000 sq. ft., providing hotel quality facilities dressed in urban chic décor. The EXPO Centre also features a licensed food court.
Following detailed industry surveys and extensive interactions with facilities across North America, the new EXPO Centre was built to meet the highest standards of the international market. The building was designed with a look to the future, incorporating leading edge technologies and architectural features that will stand the test of time and attract the biggest and best in trade and consumer shows, meetings and conferences, concerts, catered and other special events. The addition allows Northlands to assist existing customers in growing their business, providing greater flexibility that will enable them to incorporate dynamic new elements into their events. The addition of the conference facilities and ballroom will also allow the EXPO Centre to attract new business from the conference market.
Moreover, the facility’s professional catering team is dedicated to providing inspirational cuisine for memorable events. The quality of food and beverage can significantly impact the overall success of an event, so the EXPO Centre rolls out the red carpet with its full-service catering options. Renowned for their creativity and attention to detail, the culinary team uses fresh, seasonal ingredients to produce a range of mouth-watering menus for catered breakfasts, business luncheons, gala dinners and elegant receptions. Whether preparing for five or 5,000, the EXPO Centre’s award winning chefs are well-versed at turning the ordinary into the extraordinary.
While the new Edmonton Exposition and Conference Centre is BIG, the facility is committed to minimizing its impact on the environment. The new building incorporates numerous environmentally friendly design features, including the use of energy saving lighting and heating systems. In conjunction with the Northlands Code Green program, events held at the EXPO Centre will include composting of everything from organic waste to the morning’s coffee grinds. The facility also recycles paper, containers, napkins, coffee cups and cooking oil. Northlands is a proud partner in the city’s FRESH program, uniting Edmonton’s hospitality industry in environmental, social and economic initiatives.