“Ground Breaking” News, Guest Post by Portola Hotel & Spa General Manager, Janine Chicourrat

The City of Monterey is going through some exciting changes and we are thrilled to have a front row seat! The Monterey Conference Center, adjacent to the Portola Hotel & Spa has started a $60 million renovation.  This is the largest project for the City of Monterey since they originally built the conference center back in 1977.

The renovation will infuse up to $60 million dollars in physical and technological improvements into the building, which will have more flexible meeting space, more usable pre-function space, advanced technology, and the ability to host multiple meetings simultaneously. Re-opening in early 2017, the new conference center plans to be a fellow USGBC LEED® Certified building.

Latest rendering of front of MCC and Portola Plaza 7.28

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) based out of San Francisco, California is providing architecture, interiors and engineering for the renovation project. SOM’s other award-winning projects include convention and conference centers in Hong Kong, Seoul, Virginia Beach, Chicago and San Francisco’s, famed Moscone Center among others.

To follow the Monterey Conference Center’s progress, check out www.montereyconferencecenter.org

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