Grand Wayne Convention Center

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Grand Wayne Convention Center
Grand Wayne Center from Jefferson Boulevard.jpg
Façade of the Grand Wayne Center, looking east from West Jefferson Blvd.
Address 120 West Jefferson Boulevard
Location Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
Coordinates 41°4′35″N 85°8′25″W / 41.07639°N 85.14028°W / 41.07639; -85.14028Coordinates: 41°4′35″N 85°8′25″W / 41.07639°N 85.14028°W / 41.07639; -85.14028
Owner Fort Wayne–Allen County Convention and Tourism Authority
Built 1983–1985
Renovated 2003–2005
Opened January 1985
Enclosed space
 • Total space 225,000 square feet (20,900 m2)
Website www.grandwayne.com

The Grand Wayne Center is a convention center located in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana, Allen County, United States. As a result of a $42 million renovation and expansion from 2003–2005, the Grand Wayne now encompasses 225,000 square feet (20,900 m2).[1]

Facility[edit]

The Grand Wayne's expanded west wing from Harrison Square (2009).

Located on the first floor, the central convention hall of the Grand Wayne consists of 50,000 square feet (4,600 m2) in addition to the Anthony Wayne Ballroom, which consists of 10,000 square feet (930 m2).[2] Together, both the Harrison and Jefferson Meeting Rooms encompass nearly 10,000 square feet (930 m2).[2] On the second floor, the Calhoun Ballroom covers 6,000 square feet (560 m2) alongside The Gallery, which covers 1,680 square feet (156 m2).[2] The Grand Wayne Center's north and south façades feature 1,830 floor-to-ceiling exterior windowpanes with two exterior waterfalls, at the intersections of West Jefferson and West Washington Boulevards with Harrison Street.[3]

Two hotels currently join the convention center. A nine-floor, 244-room attached Hilton Hotel operates at the east wing of the Grand Wayne Center.[4] Also a six-floor, 250 Room Courtyard by Marriott attached via a pedestrian bridge operates just south of the main entrance to the Grand Wayne Center.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lengerich, Ryan, (2005-05-07). Hundreds were wowed during Friday's open house at the Grand Wayne Center. The News-Sentinel. Retrieved on 2008-06-09.
  2. ^ a b c Grand Wayne Center - Floorplans and Specs. Retrieved on 2008-06-09.
  3. ^ Larson, Cindy, (2005-05-02). Waterfalls will greet visitors. The News-Sentinel. Retrieved on 2008-06-09.
  4. ^ Hilton Fort Wayne at the Grand Wayne Center. Retrieved on 2008-06-09.