Ottawa Convention Centre
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member JSDAFM
N 45° 25.454 W 075° 41.526
18T E 445855 N 5030311
Quick Description: The newly refinished Ottawa Convention Centre.
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date Posted: 10/5/2010 7:48:00 AM
Waymark Code: WM9WDR
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
Views: 37

Long Description:
The Ottawa Convention Centre is a convention centre in downtown Ottawa, Ontario, Canada which opened in April 2011. The Centre replaces the Ottawa Congress Centre, which opened in 1985. The new centre is built on the site of the Congress Centre building, which was demolished in 2008-2009. The Centre is located on Colonel By Drive, just south of Rideau Street. The facility is owned by the Ontario provincial government.

The project's cost was of $170 million CAD, for a four-level 192,000 square feet (17,800 m2) facility. The cost was shared by three levels of government. $50 million came from the Canadian government, $50 million from the Ontario government, $40 million from the City of Ottawa and the remainder of $30 million was borrowed by the centre itself.[1]
The new building features a large glass facade on the Colonel By Drive front. From the outside, the entrance from the street is clearly visible and the internal escalators are also visible. The architect is Ritchard Brisbin of Brisbin Brook Beynon Architects (BBB Architects). While it has four levels of convention space, it is seven storeys in height. The shape of the glass exterior is designed to resemble a tulip petal in shape in honour of Ottawa's annual tulip festival.[2]
As part of the new project, the name was changed to the Ottawa Convention Centre. According to the centre's chairman, the former title of "congress" was confusing to American convention planners.[3]

Information obtained on July 19, 2011 from (visit link)
Size (optional): 17,800 square m

Ownership: Government owned

Annual Events (optional):
First year after total renovations

Address (optional):
55 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario Canada
K1N 9J2

Convention Center website: [Web Link]

Visit Instructions:
Tell about your experience at this facility. Did you go for a convention? Photos are welcome but not required. Please no virtual visits.
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