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Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Walter E Washington Convention Center

Take your meetings to the next level.

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, which now offers free Wi-Fi access throughout the building, hosts meetings, conventions and events of every kind, from medical industry annual meetings to comic book-inspired expos to board retreats.

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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 is one of numerous technology features at the convention center. Other highlights include free Wi-Fi access throughout the building, enhancing your on-the-go experience, as well as a new virtual reality component that uses 360-degree and 3D imagery, allowing you to preview a large event inside the building before booking.

Intimately Spacious

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, such as the world’s largest sit-down dinner (16,2016 people!).

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.

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Exceptional Cuisine & Retail

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.

In the exterior space surrounding the convention center, enjoy exciting new retail and dining options, including Marjorie Meek-Bradley’s sandwich shop, Smoked & Stacked. Still to come: Union Kitchen Grocery, a locally inspired corner market; Morris, a cocktail bar from Spike Mendelsohn; Unconventional Diner, a high-end diner concept, as well as an athletic club and barbershop.

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Eco-Friendly Features

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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