Saturday, June 18, 2011

Lake Placid Conference Center Grand Opening

The Conference Center at Lake Placid is open for business. The finishing touches have just been completed, the brass has been polished, art hung and the windows cleaned. Everything is shined and ready to go – the entire 60,000 square foot facility is complete.

On Tuesday, June 21, the public is invited to conference center’s grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony, between 4-6:30 p.m. Tours will also be available, staff will be on hand to answer questions, hor d’ oeuvres from CenterPlate will be served and there will be live music.

Construction on the state-of-the-art, $17-million project began July 2009 and the conference center opened its doors for the first time, Saturday, May 7, when Mountain Lake Services held its annual award ceremony and banquet in the conference center’s ball room. One week later, more than 600 people gathered in the region’s newest meeting space during a three-day Child Passenger Safety Conference. Even Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D-New York) visited the center, May 18, when he made it one of the stops in his “Putting People First” tour. His stop drew more than 450 people to the center. This week, three more conferences and more than 1,600 people will gather in the center.

The Conference Center, adjoining the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Center, is paid for by Empire State Economic Development funds set aside by Gov. George Pataki (R-New York) before he left office. These funds allowed for the construction with absolutely no debt load on the community.

Despite being almost 50-percent larger than the previous building, the design enables ORDA to save on utility cost. This is being achieved through eco-technology, the installation of more energy efficient windows, better insulation and construction techniques that adhered to the criteria set forth by the LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). The center is anticipating GOLD LEED certification based upon the incorporation of energy performance, renewable, recycled materials and natural daylight.

Staffs from both ORDA and the Lake Placid Convention and Visitors Bureau are working together promoting the center. The 90,000 square feet can accommodate up to 2,000 guests who can utilize the flexible meeting space and 12 breakout rooms. The center also features a full service production kitchen, a 9,000 square foot ballroom and state-of-the-art audio and video technology. Additional space is also achieved through use of the Herb Brooks 1980 arena and the Jack Shea 1932 Arena. Each offers 20,000 square feel of additional space.

More information about the Conference Center at Lake Placid can be found online.

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