December 15, 2004

The old Washington (D.C.) Convention Center, made obsolete by the namesake center that opened in 2003, will be demolished on Dec. 18, according to the Washington Convention Center Authority. A headquarters hotel that the authority will develop and own is planned for the site. The 1,200-room property will have 100,000 square feet of meeting space and probably will be a Marriott. A groundbreaking date has yet to be announced. In addition, the convention center will add approximately 75,000 square feet of extra exhibit space, to be joined to the existing center by skywalk or underground passage.

The 106,000-square-foot Hy-Vee Hall at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines opens tomorrow. The facility features eight meeting rooms, wireless Internet service and skywalk access to both the 17,000-seat Wells Fargo Arena and the 11,000-seat Veterans Memorial Auditorium.