April 30, 2008

The new waterfront Darwin Convention Centre in northern Australia will host its first trade show this weekend. An official opening for the center is scheduled for June, and the International Association of Women Police will hold the building's first international convention in September. The center offers a 43,000-square-foot exhibit hall, a 5,400-square-foot ballroom, four meeting rooms and a 1,500-seat auditorium. Operated by AEG Ogden, the building is the centerpiece of the Darwin Waterfront redevelopment project, which is turning the former industrial site into a business and entertainment district with two 120-room hotels, parks, restaurants and entertainment venues.

The Indiana Stadium and Convention Building Authority has revealed its timeline for demolishing the RCA Dome adjacent to the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis and beginning work on the center's expansion. "Maintaining a safe work environment and assuring that the convention center will continue to be used during the demolition and new construction are among our highest priorities," said David R. Frick, ISCBA board chairman, in a statement. Demolition will begin in May and should take five months to complete. Construction of new meeting rooms will begin in the summer, with the expansion due to open in 2010. The Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association expects disruptions to groups in the convention center will be minimal.