by Cheryl-Anne Sturken | February 01, 2007

The Washington Convention Center


The Washington
Convention Center

After months on the drawing board, the Washington Convention Center in the nation’s capital last month officially unveiled an innovative new online tool to help planners more efficiently determine and manage their exhibit and meeting space requirements.

The customized tool allows planners to view hundreds of meeting room templates online, including myriad banquet, theater and classroom setups, and then select the ones that best serve their purposes while using the facility’s space to its fullest potential (the center has 703,000 square feet of exhibit space and 150,000 square feet of meeting space).

“This is a simple and accessible design tool, which is going to save our customers time and money, because it makes the entire space-planning process that much easier,” said Dorree Mayo, manager of event and meeting services for the convention center. Mayo spearheaded the five-person in-house team in charge of the design and implementation stages of the project.

In addition, the center reached out to the members of its advisory board of past and prospective meeting planner clients to contribute suggestions for making the tool useful.