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January 29, 2016

UCLA Releases Details on New Luskin Conference Center

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UCLA has released new details on the upcoming UCLA Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center, which is set to open August 1. 

General Manager Les Utley said that one of the top priorities for the conference center's design is ensuring adequate bandwith for guests. The facility's high-speed service attaches to UCLA’s backbone Internet wireless service in order to support the requirements of any number of meeting groups. Utley said that the conference center's network will be robust enough to support videoconferencing, audience feedback applications and vanity URLs. Wi-Fi will be available throughout the building. 

For security, guestrooms and conference rooms as well as elevator banks and connected entryways are accessed via smart cards that track usage history. All internal card readers will be wireless for cost and energy savings. 

The conference center will have centralized audiovisual controls. Its background music and paging system, room reservation system, and the building data distribution frame will be integrated, providing controlled interconnection with other rooms and systems. Simple touch-screens will provide control of audio and visual within all individual conference and meeting spaces. “Intelligent inputs” will take the headache out of “Bring Your Own Device” connections: any laptop’s signal, once connected, will be up-converted automatically to the correct signal type and resolution so that it will display correctly on the installed projection systems. Presenters control the entire meeting room environment from a centralized control panel: LED lighting, projectors, Blu-Ray players and window coverings all at one’s fingertips.

The Centennial Hall ballroom is wired with highly sophisticated LED ceiling lighting. The system also accommodates third party event coordinators who bring in their own lighting companies, as the lighting rigging is already installed in the ceiling. Distinctive atmosphere for group events can be created or suggested by multi-colored LED ceiling lights.

With 25,000 square feet of versatile meeting space, the Luskin Conference Center is designed to accommodate a wide range of groups and configurations up to 750 attendees at indoor/outdoor functions. The multi-level conference wings and the sub-divisible Centennial Hall allow up to six groups to comfortably use the property simultaneously while maintaining adequate privacy and separation. Each of the three main Conference Center wings is organized around a primary meeting room capable of accommodating 120 conferees or, in the case of the ground level of the south wing, a tiered classroom with seating capacity of 90. Each of the three conference wings has a series of smaller breakout rooms. Facilities include:

* Reception/Entry Court, accommodating pre- and post-lecture receptions of up to 100 guests
* Deck adjacent to the main dining room hosts receptions of 80 guests
* Patio off the Centennial Hall accommodates up to 200 conferees during meeting breaks
* Centennial Hall accommodates up to 750 people
* Centennial Terrace accommodates up to 600 people in a variety of outdoor event configurations
* Multipurpose Centennial Hall accommodates plenary sessions of up to 750 people and banquets up to 500

For dining, PLATEIA, the Luskin Conference Center's 162-seat restaurant and lounge, offers Mediterranean cuisine with locally sourced ingredients. 

The center is also working to achieve a LEED Gold Certification

Visit http://luskinconferencecenter.ucla.edu/

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