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May 1, 2018

Supplier News: Big New Openings in Tampa, New England

Two big new venue openings are on the radar this week in the meetings and events industry.

Tampa to Get Big New Hotel Complex Next to Convention Center

Tampa is set to get a major new lifestyle and event complex anchored by new JW Marriott and EDITION hotels. An existing Marriott hotel is also slated for renovations as part of the project. 

The complex will be a 26-story tower in the heart of the Water Street Tampa neighborhood. As part of the new Tampa EDITION and the JW Marriott Tampa hotels, the project will have a combined 150,000 square feet of meeting and event space. 

Designed by Morris Adjmi, the 173-room Tampa EDITION is the New York-based architect's first commission in Tampa, among a handful of past projects in Florida. Morris Admji is working in collaboration with Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates, a Florida-based architecture and planning firm. 

Paired with interiors designed by Roman and Williams, the Tampa EDITION will offer multiple social and amenity spaces for guests and residents, including a rooftop pool with adjacent bar and restaurant, as well as a spa and fitness center. Anchoring the ground floor will be a selection of curated restaurant and retail spaces that have been programmed by the Ian Schrager Company.

The new, 519-room JW Marriott Tampa hotel is being designed by Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates, with interiors by Champalimaud Design. The hotel will be adjacent to the Tampa Convention Center and Amalie Arena, and will have 100,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including the largest hotel ballroom in Tampa Bay at approximately 30,000 square feet. 

The JW Marriott Tampa hotel will also have multiple social spaces; a full-service spa and fitness center; a pool and sun terrace; a full-service, ground-floor restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating; and other neighborhood-serving retail outlets. There will also be a rooftop lounge and terrace on the 26th floor, making it the highest rooftop bar in Tampa Bay

In addition to the two new hotels, the 727-room Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina will also undergo renovations, which began in fall 2017 and will continue throughout 2018. The JW Marriott Tampa is set to open in fall 2020, followed by the Tampa EDITION in 2021. 

MGM to Open 8,000 Seat Venue in New England August 24

The MGM Springfield is set to open August 24 with an 8,000 seat entertainment venue and 42,500 additional square feet of event space for meeting planners. The new resort is set in Springfield, MA’s downtown area. 

Other notable amenities include:

Accommodations – The boutique-style five-story hotel will have 250 guestrooms inspired by the history, architecture and literary legacy of its urban surroundings. Each space will incorporate details such as quotations from the works of Emily Dickinson and Merriam-Webster-inspired works of art.

Dining Experiences – Food and beverage options will include Cal Mare by James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Mina; steaks and seafood at The Chandler Steak House with Hell's Kitchen season 14 winner Meghan Gill serving as executive chef; MGM's signature TAP Sports Bar; and the South End Market off Main Street.

Entertainment – The 8,000-seat MassMutual Center is MGM Springfield's official entertainment venue, serving as the home for large-scale conventions and events. MGM Resorts said it will leverage its pipeline of global relationships to attract events and entertainment. MGM Springfield also will partner with other local venues, such as Symphony Hall, for live events.

Relaxation – Guests can tee up at MGM Springfield's Topgolf Swing Suite, a new social gathering spot with immersive golf simulators and a lounge. The resort also will have an eight-screen movie theater complex; 10-lane bowling center; spa; and an 8,000-square-foot pool in a terraced rooftop garden.

Retail – The resort's retail lineup on street level will include the first-ever apparel boutique from Indian Motorcycle – the Springfield-born pioneer of the American motorcycle industry – and Kringle Candle.

Open-Air Plaza – Inspired by the classic New England town common, MGM Springfield will have an outdoor plaza and thriving public space, with the Revolutionary War-era Springfield Armory at its center. The historic United States arsenal will offer a backdrop for the open-air marketplace, which will host live events, local artisans, farmers markets and seasonal programming, including an outdoor ice rink. The plaza will aim to serve as an anchor for the neighborhood's pedestrian crowd, encouraging guests to explore the local businesses and attractions nearby.

Art – A public fine art program inspired by the industrial ethos of Springfield will host a collection of commissioned and curated pieces by international and local artists from Springfield, the greater Berkshires, New England and beyond. The property also will have an exclusive exhibit, "Cabinet of Curiosities: Springfield Innovations from the Springfield Museums," curated in partnership with the Springfield Museums to showcase turn-of-the-century objects throughout the resort, such as a 1925 Edison Western Union Stock Ticker, a 1915 Springfield-made Telegraphone and an 1895 Edison Home Phonograph.

Casino – A 125,000-square-foot gaming floor will have approximately 2,550 slot machines, 120 gaming tables, a poker room and high-limit VIP gaming area for a variety of experiences.

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Sustainable Events: AEG Wins Green Award in LA

AEG Facilities recently received the 10th annual Los Angeles County Green Leadership Award for its “Next Level Sustainability” campaign at the city-owned Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC).

AEG Facilities was honored in the business/private sector category at the County of LA Board of Supervisors meeting during Earth Week. This award is the second sustainability recognition it has received in 2018 for managing the LACC, following the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) in January.

“The County’s Green Leadership Awards honor commitment to environmental sustainability and remind us that we have to take steps, as individuals, to educate the next generation in ways they can reduce their carbon footprint,” said Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, chair of the Board of Supervisors, in a written statement.

The “Next Level Sustainability” program was established to reduce the LACC’s carbon footprint, and elevate and expand the LACC’s sustainable practices across five areas – waste/recycling, energy/climate, water, purchasing and education/communication.

More than 30 environmentally friendly practices and procedures were implemented. Highlights include:

  • Diverted 7.3 million pounds of construction and demolition waste from the landfill by educating event management, exhibitors and contractors on more sustainable practices
  • Replaced 2,146 LED lamps in all exhibit halls that is projected to save one million kilowatt hours per year
  • Installed 710 low-flow 1.28 GPF toilet units, projected to decrease toilet water use by 20-25%
  • 30,000 square feet of turf were replaced with drought-tolerant landscaping, saving an estimated 320,000 gallons of water per year
  • Executed sustainable product purchasing that now accounts for 80% of all ongoing consumables

“We hope to share our achievements with the community as a means of motivation and encouragement to keep working hard towards environmental protection and sustainability,” said Brad Gessner, senior vice president and general manager at the LACC. 

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