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The cornerstone of downtown DC’s renaissance, the Walter E. Washington Convention Center is as functional as it is artistically impressive. The 2.3-million-square-foot space hosts meetings, conventions and events of every kind, from medical industry annual meetings to comic book-inspired expos and board retreats.
Here’s why the Walter E. Washington Convention Center is meetings central in Washington, DC:
Cutting Edge Technology
A digital signage system featuring more than 140 HDTVs means your meeting or event will have plenty of exposure inside the convention center. Another new technology feature: virtual reality, which uses 360-degree and 3D imagery, allowing you to preview your experience inside the venue before booking.
During your next meeting or event, enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi access throughout the convention center. The recent upgrade allows attendees to communicate and engage with real-time information, especially across its 198,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, including 77 breakout rooms and exhibit halls.
You can mold all 703,000 square feet of exhibition space inside the convention center into whatever shape you need. Within its two levels and five exhibit halls is a 473,000 square-foot exhibit hall that can be subdivided into three rooms, 198,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, a 52,000 square-foot ballroom and 77 breakout rooms. The space is versatile enough to accommodate events of all sizes.
Art & Design
Impressive. Striking. Modern. These are the words to describe the building, which has been recognized by the prestigious American Institute of Architects. The ultra modern structure features a soaring staircase, towering glass walls and smooth granite floors. Its $4 million public art collection combines sculpture, paintings and photography. With more than 130 pieces by 93 different artists, it is the largest public collection of art in DC outside of a museum.
Exceptional Cuisine & Retail Inside & Out
For your event, Centerplate/NBSE is a premier catering option. The award-winning company serves more than 115 million guests annually, using fresh and local ingredients to fuel regional favorites and innovative international cuisine. Choose from popular catering packages to put together creative, custom-themed menus to perfectly complement your event.
Guests seeking to taste the local flavor can drop by Compass Coffee, a homegrown coffee company with a convenient location in the convention center's grand lobby.
The exterior space surrounding the convention center also offers a wide range of retail and dining options, including Top Chef star Marjorie Meek-Bradley’s sandwich shop, Smoked & Stacked. Another Top Chef alum, Spike Mendelsohn, is part owner of Morris American Bar, one of the city's most happy, brightly lit drinking establishments.
For locally sourced snacks and on-the-go items, guests should check out Union Kitchen Grocery, or they can grab a table at the Unconventional Diner, a high-end diner concept specializing in modern comfort food.
Convention-goers can get their CrossFit fix at the Urban Athletic Club, which includes 3,000 square feet of training space, one-on-one training sessions and open gym hours. Guests in need of haircuts have it made at Cuttin-Up Barber Shop, which accepts walk-ins.
The convention center is a leader in environmental stewardship and sustainability initiatives, which include a color-coded recycling program, water efficiency, green product purchasing and more. The building boasts a long list of energy-reducing features, from low-emission glass to computerized HVAC systems. The center is Metro accessible (Green/Yellow lines) with a dedicated Mt. Vernon-7th St-Convention Center stop and immediately walkable to Shaw's booming restaurant scene and downtown's museums and nightlife as well as the National Mall.
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Events DC owns and operates the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. To learn more, visit eventsdc.com.