At the Minneapolis Convention Center we take great pride in having one of the most efficient and green friendly centers in the world. To do this we are constantly making changes and innovations to our space. Please take a look below to see some of the projects we are working on now.
NEW VISITOR INFORMATION CENTER
Plans are under way for a new and distinctive Visitor Information Center (VIC). Slated for completion in June, 2014, the new VIC will consist of two levels – the Main level designed to welcome visitors to the MCC and Minneapolis; and a Mezzanine level which will provide a space for formal and informal gathering opportunities. Please refer to the attached diagrams which detail the new scheme and layout. During the construction process, the work area will be surrounded by walls to conceal all construction debris and eliminate any interference to building activity.
In February, 2014, installation of new escalators will begin at the East and West Skyway locations. Project completion is estimated to be April, 2014. The escalators in Lobbies C, D & E will be replaced at the end of 2014.
FINE ART IN PUBLIC SPACES
The MCC will begin participation as one of eight pilot sites for the SmartArt Rotating Art Program in January, 2014. Sponsored by Corporate Art Force, the SmartArt Program will be able to provide original art to organizations that may not have their own fine art collection but want to enhance their image and brand through original fine art. The initial rollout will focus on Minneapolis and St. Paul artists.
LED LIGHTING IN EXHIBIT HALLS
In order to increase energy efficiency and improve light quality, the lighting in all exhibit halls will be changed over to LED fixtures beginning this December, 2013.
SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM CONTINUES TO IMPROVE
The current recycling rate at MCC is 49%. It is our goal to increase our recycling rate to 75% by 2015. In the month of January we plan to introduce new front of house waste collection containers. Each container will provide clear graphics for the easy separation of cans/bottles, paper, and organics. Organics will be the new item that will be collected and transported to a compost site. Kelber Catering has already changed out all single use food containers so these items can be placed in the new organics collection containers.
THE UPS STORE
And finally, the full-service UPS Store will be completed and ready for business by January 2, 2014. Contact information is already available as follows: Phone: 612-335-6295; Fax: 612-335-6298; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Store Website
Thank you for your patience while we work towards improving the MCC Facility. If you have any questions about how these enhancements may impact your event, or the construction schedule, please feel free to contact your sales manager or event coordinator.
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