August 27, 2010
The San Diego Convention Center has earned a gold certification from the International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC), the only U.S. convention facility, and just the second in North America, to achieve gold status.
This news comes as the convention centre, located on Sand Diego Bay, prepares to move forward with its proposed expansion, which would be good news for meeting and event planners.
Plans call for the addition of 200,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space, 100,000 sq. ft. of meetings rooms, 80,000 sq. ft. of multipurpose ballrooms and 40,000 sq. ft. of bayfront retail.
With service and support space, the overall gross square footage of the expansion totals 1.26-million sq. ft., amounting to roughly one-third of the entire San Diego Convention Center upon completion of Phase III.
The expansion cost, including a proposed pedestrian bridge linking Fourth Avenue with the waterfront, has been estimated at $752.7-million.
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