Puerto Rico Convention Center

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The Puerto Rico Convention Center (PRCC), in Isla Grande, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The Puerto Rico Convention Center Dr. Pedro Rosselló González ('PRCC) (or Centro de Convenciones de Puerto Rico Dr. Pedro Rosselló González in Spanish)[1] is a convention center located in Isla Grande (recently named the Convention Center District), in San Juan, Puerto Rico owned by the Puerto Rico Convention District Authority, a government agency of Puerto Rico, and managed by AEG (property management). Designed by tvsdesign, it is the largest convention center in the Caribbean and one of the most technologically advanced in The Americas.[2]

The Convention Center includes a 157,000-square-foot (14,600 m2) Exhibition Hall that can seat up to 16,965 people and a 39,500-square-foot (3,670 m2) ballroom that can accommodate up to 4,158 people. All in all, approximately 25,000 people can be accommodated within the center simultaneously and can handle conventions of organizations as large as 10,000 participants.[3] The current PRCC general manager is Blarys Segarra.

The Center is operated by the Puerto Rico Convention Center District Authority, which also operates the José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum, also known as the "Choliseo", and the Government Reception Center, known as the Antiguo Casino de Puerto Rico, in Old San Juan, as well as the 113-acre district on which the Convention Center and the attached Sheraton hotel are located. Its current executive director is Víctor A. Suárez Meléndez.

The convention center is named after former Governor Pedro Rossello, who proposed and initiated the design, finance and construction of the structure.

History[edit]

1994 - Governor Rosselló and Puerto Rico Tourism Company Executive Director Luis Fortuño announce the development of the Golden Triangle Project to be located in the Miramar section of Santurce, the old Isla Grande naval station and the Puerta de Tierra section of San Juan.

1996 - Design of new Convention Center commences

1997 - Three-year long relocation and razing of state government facilities at old Isla Grande naval station begins

2000 - Groundbreaking ceremony held and construction begins

2001 - Puerto Rico Convention Center District Authority begins operations

2005 - Gov. Aníbal Acevedo Vilá inaugurates Convention Center

2009 - Convention Center achieves 1.5 million visitors in 1,500 Events

2009 - Sheraton's anchor Hotel at the Convention District initiates operations

2010 - Gov. Luis Fortuño signs law naming center after his predecessor, Gov. Rosselló

2015 - The PRCC celebrates its tenth anniversary[4] and 4.7 million visitors.[5]

Planning and construction[edit]

The Convention Center's design was inspired by the ocean. It has a signature roof imitating a wave, and the ocean theme continues throughout the facility, including details like its custom designed carpets and door pulls.

Location[edit]

The PRCC is located in the San Juan peninsula known as the historical district of Miramar in what used to be a US Naval Base in Isla Grande. The PRCC is located next to the Isla Grande Airport and the Pan American Port Terminal.

The PRCC main entrance.

The PRCC District[edit]

The PRCC is part of a planned Puerto Rico Convention Center District (master planned by Sasaki Associates), including a hotel, a 96-unit residential building, office buildings with 50,000 feet (15,000 m) of commercial space, a retail and entertainment complex, a cinema, waterfront cafes, restaurants and walkways.

The main project is the anchor hotel, which began construction on August 28, 2006 and opened in 2009. The hotel was designed under the idea of an "urban resort", and will feature a casino, ballrooms, a music hall, restaurants and will have 500 rooms. Its main feature will be a rooftop pool with cabanas, tropical gardens and views of Old San Juan and the harbor.

The Puerto Rican government selected Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, under its Sheraton flag, to operate the reported $209 million facility, known as the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino.[6]

Facilities and Services[edit]

Exterior view of the Puerto Rico Convention Center

The convention center is able to accommodate groups of up to 25,000[citation needed] people with a total space of 580,000 square feet (54,000 m2){{cn]}} and 152,700 square feet (14,190 m2)[citation needed] of total exhibit space subdivided into three halls, all on one level. The center has adjacent parking lots with a total capacity of 1,800 vehicles,[citation needed] although this may be increased in the future.

The facility can provide broadband and wireless Internet connectivity, video conferencing, and simultaneous language translations, among others throughout the center. All meeting rooms and ballrooms are equipped with Ethernet connection and capabilities. It also has a Business Center which assists business guests and attendees by providing computer and typewriter rental, printing, secretarial service, copying, fax transmission and receipt, package shipping, office products, and other services. A Central Security Office is located within the center. The Center also has inhouse catering, concessions and cleaning services for any and all activities.

See also[edit]

Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Puerto Rico portal

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Centro de Convenciones de Puerto Rico at Wikimedia Commons



Coordinates: 18°27′10″N 66°05′33″W / 18.452778°N 66.0925°W / 18.452778; -66.0925