Washington State CC Rebrands as Seattle Convention Center

18th May, 2022

The Washington State Convention Center Public Facilities District has decided to change the name of the convention complex to the Seattle Convention Center (SCC). The facility will open its new Summit building next January.

The SCC campus will now consist of Arch at 705 Pike, the original building; Arch at 800 Pike, formerly known as the Conference Center; the Summit, which will open one block north on Pine Street in January 2023; and three parking garages.

"This is a tremendous milestone as we prepare to launch Summit, the additional building,” said Jeff Blosser, president and CEO of the convention center. “The updated brand captures the enduring vibrancy the convention center contributes to downtown Seattle, in terms of revenues generated by meetings, but also by event attendees as they explore Seattle, the Puget Sound and Washington State.”

According to officials from SCC's parent organisation Washington State Convention Center Public Facilities District (the District), this rebranding is intended to better tailor the venue with its hometown while solidifying the organization's commitment to maintaining a fiscally responsible and self-sustaining operation that contributes economic and other civic benefits to Seattle, King County and the state of Washington.

The new addition will have 570,290 square feet of event space that will double the capacity of the facility’s offerings, and will include:

  • 149,200 square feet of heavy-load exhibit space with direct drive-in access;
  • the 99,250-square-foot carpeted and acoustically treated Flex Hall;
  • 62 meeting rooms totaling 99,620 square feet, with numerous combination possibilities;
  • a 58,000-square-foot, column-free ballroom with a soaring 55-foot custom ceiling made from locally sourced recycled wood;
  • 137,220 square feet of lobby space full of natural light, with views of mountains and water;
  • and 18 covered bays at one loading dock.

“Seattle Convention Center isn’t just for conventions,” said Frank Finneran, board chair of the District. “Both buildings are designed to serve as a hub of activity where the community can intermingle with event attendees to enjoy dining, retail and an expansive art collection.”

"Featuring a color palette that embodies the natural elements of its namesake city, the new SCC logo represents the fresh perspectives cultivated by guests as they collaborate, innovate and celebrate in the facility, he added.

According to Visit Seattle sources, 40 events have already booked dates and space at the new "Summit", which is expected to deliver a range of economic benefits to the region, including $260 million annually in visitor spending and up to 3,900 direct and indirect jobs.
Set in downtown Seattle and in close proximity to its world-class hotels, restaurants and attractions, the Seattle Convention Center has served the American Northwest for nearly 33 years. The facility has a longstanding commitment to sustainability, public art and civic engagement.

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