by Sarah J.F. Braley | January 31, 2019
The 784-room Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., wants to add a 150,000-square-foot exhibit hall to its already impressive 185,000 square feet of meeting space. Resort officials would like to begin construction this year so the hall can be up and running for the 35th Space Symposium set for April 2020. That event has taken place at the property every April for 20 years, but has had to use a tent-like structure for exhibit overflow.
The new hall would provide 90,000 additional square feet of exhibit space, which would combine with the Broadmoor Hall's 60,000 square feet of pillar-free space. Another 17,000 square feet of breakout space also is in the plan.
 
The Space Symposium, taking place April 8-11, brings together industry leaders from around the world to discuss, address and plan for the future of space. The event has grown from 250 attendees in 1984 to more than 24,000 people who visit over four days, with an average daily attendance of 6,000 people and a one-day peak of 9,000. The show brings in about $30 million in direct economic benefit to the Pikes Peak region's hotels, restaurants and attractions, according to the resort's application, which has been submitted to the planning department of Colorado Springs. The new hall will help the property accommodate the Symposium's 200 exhibitors.
 
The Broadmoor already owns the 7.4 acres it has earmarked for the construction, calling it the last undeveloped site on the campus. Structures originally on the site were demolished in 2003 when Broadmoor Hall was built.
 
The resort itself features a host of accommodation options, from main-building guest rooms (111 of which are suites) to a five-bedroom estate house, cottage rooms and two three-story brownstones. About 3,000 feet above the main buildings sits the 11-cabin Cloud Camp retreat that offers hiking, mule rides, disc golf, yoga and more on the edge of the mountain and the Pike National Forest. The 13-cabin Emerald Valley Ranch, at 8,200 feet above sea level, has on-site chefs whipping up delicacies for after a fly-fishing, hiking or equestrian adventure.