SOURCE: Marriott

Augusta Georgia Hotels

August 10, 2010 11:02 ET

Marriott Takes Event Planning in Augusta, GA to New Level

New Construction to Result in Complete Convention Service Under One Roof

AUGUSTA, GA--(Marketwire - August 10, 2010) -  An innovative new exhibition center in Augusta, GA will be the select choice among event planners seeking a host site that provides combined meeting and exhibition space along with exquisite guest accommodations under one roof. Ground breaking for the Augusta Marriott Hotel & Convention Center was held in June and the facility is tentatively set to open in 2012.

Inquiries are currently being accepted for booking the exciting new facility, which will include preservation and renovation of the Harrison Building, a historic cotton warehouse, as the main entrance into the new construction that will reflect the historic architectural expression of the downtown area with the combined use of brick, steel and wood in detailing. The resulting 38,000 square foot exhibit hall will hold 188 10x10-foot booths, seat 3,500 in general seating or provide banquet accommodations for 1,800 in a state-of-the-art facility that will set the standard for banquet halls in Augusta, Ga

Located in the heart of downtown Augusta and along the banks of the Savannah River, the Augusta Marriott Hotel & Suites is currently a prime location for business conferences and excels as one of the most elegant wedding venues in Augusta, GA. Upon completion of the spacious and adjoining new exhibition hall and convention center, wedding and event planning in Augusta, GA will take on a whole meaning offering event planners over 100,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and convention space and 372 hotel rooms and suites under one roof. In addition, a 450 space parking facility will be constructed across the street from the new exhibition center and is scheduled to be open in the spring of 2011.

Event planning professionals, corporate organizers and wedding planners will enjoy the added ease of working with one team in scheduling facilities for their entire event, as the Marriott will contract for use of this new facility that will serve as a prime choice for business meetings, conventions and wedding venues in Augusta, GA. The new convention center hall will be designed with the capability of dividing the total event space in half in order to host two concurrent events with two separate pre-function spaces available as well. The center will be constructed on-grade allowing for drive-in exhibits, along with two options for connecting outdoor displays or events. The $38 million hall is designed to provide more column-free, flexible space for meetings in Augusta and will be equipped with an infrastructure that will accommodate several different event floor plans and will include slab floor boxes with electrical, AV, data, water and compressed air. Design of the facility is aimed at achieving LEED Certification, an internationally recognized green building certification for building performance.

About the Augusta Marriott Hotel & Suites
The Augusta Marriott Hotel & Suites is a premier downtown hotel in Augusta, GA offering guests a prime location for shopping, entertainment and popular local attractions. Spacious and well appointed hotel rooms and suites include complimentary wireless Internet, satellite television and luxury bedding ensembles. Added hotel amenities include a newly expanded fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools and a business center.