• Minneapolis Convention Center Introduces New Plaza

     
    POSTED October 20, 2021
     
  • Minneapolis Convention Center Introduces New Plaza

     
    POSTED October 20, 2021
     
  • Minneapolis Convention Center Introduces New Plaza

     
    POSTED October 20, 2021
     

Sustainability and a broad range of uses are at the heart of the newly redesigned Minneapolis Convention Center Plazalocated on the south side of downtown. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Sept. 30 to celebrate the 2.5-acre plaza that is built atop an underground parking ramp and includes a lawn area for events, updated lighting, and new walkways and seating options. 

Designed by Damon Farber Landscape Architects with environmental friendliness in mind, MCC Plaza also features irrigation utilizing the Convention Center’s stormwater capture system and an urban meadow planted with native tree and plant species to create downtown’s largest pollinator refuge. 

Minneapolis Convention Center is owned by the City of Minneapolis and marketed through Meet Minneapolis. The 1.6 million square foot facility features 475,000 square feet of exhibit space, a 3,400 fixed-seat auditorium, 87 meeting rooms and two ballrooms. The facility has achieved key certifications for being environmentally friendly such as being LEED Certified for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (EBOM) by the U.S. Green Building Council and having Level One certification for the ASTM Standard pertaining to the Evaluation and Selection of Venues for Environmentally Sustainable Meetings, Events, Trade Shows and Conferences. 

With restrictions across the country in a state of constant flux, not everyone is ready to jump back into meeting in person. While some planners are eager to get back to “normal,” the long-term adjustment to new protocols and potential risks make some hesitant to gather.

While wearing masks and social distancing can help keep attendees safe, intentional design choices—such as including natureinspired elements and materials and plenty of plants—can also help calm attendees.

 

As the number of vaccinations across the country increases, the amount of live events and gatherings will hopefully rise with it. However, that doesn’t mean the way people gather will go back to normal instantly: there may be an adjustment period before bars, theaters, stadiums and churches are all full of people again.

 Spacing, social distancing, and creativity will be vital for planners and venues in the meantime, and tools like staging, seating, and more will be crucial for the execution of these.