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    Front View of Irving Convention Center

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    Irving Music Factory

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    The Pavillion at Irving Music Factory

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Conversations about convention centers will always include square footage and capacity. But it’s time to say goodbye to the traditional convention center and hello to the convention center of the future, where the capacity is but one of many considerations for planners.

Meeting planners and attendees are no longer conforming to the limitations of traditional convention centers. Instead, they are driving the current trends in facility design such as aesthetics, flexible meeting space, breakout options, networking areas in public spaces, the most up-to-date technology, urban integration and sustainability. 

As conferences are becoming more fluid with a focus on networking and engagement, center design should allow for breakout sessions in smaller conference rooms, after-hours events, and more casual and informal entryways and common areas.  Lobby and pre-function areas should be thoughtfully planned with plenty of seating.  Good lighting, air temperature and air quality are expected, but streaming natural sunlight, outdoor networking spaces, cityscape views and public art create an atmosphere conducive to learning and collaboration. 

With 400 plus convention centers in the United States, event planners and attendees alike are looking for centers that offer unique features. Differentiation is key.  Beyond design, the destination itself is a main selling point for facilities. Because attendees are looking for an experience rather than just a location, planners are looking at the whole city as the venue. When people make the effort to travel to a destination they often want to get a feel for that entire location. They want to connect with the people, culture and lifestyle of the destination without having to go very far for the experience. 

All spaces in and around facilities, including adjacent hotels, public plazas, entertainment and dining options should be highly walkable. Planners should engage attendees in advance, promoting the surrounding areas by highlighting restaurants and nightlife, local tours, museums, shops, and outdoor activities.

While facilities of the past were built as utilitarian boxes to hold as many people as possible, they’re now strategically designed to be functional, beautiful, efficient and full of amenities within the facility itself - and also in the districts where they are being built. 

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If you like a nice big steak saddled up with your samba, farm-to-table with your honkytonk, or a little rock ‘n roll with your southern hospitality…you should plan to meet, stay, entertain and play in the heart of Irving’s Las Colinas Urban Center. The city of Irving has embraced meeting planner and attendee expectations with the opening of the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas in 2011 and their vision to create a vibrant and distinctive entertainment/visitors district around it.

The brand new Irving Music Factory, one of the country's highest caliber entertainment complexes, is the second phase of Irving’s new visitor’s district. The Irving Convention Center was the initial anchor, and a $110 million Westin convention center hotel will complete the district in 2018.

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