Since opening with much anticipation and fanfare on May 1, 1997, the Atlantic City Convention Center has become “Your Northeast Business Address”, hosting a wide array of premier events from large public shows, conventions and trade shows, to meetings and conferences. Erected at a cost of $268 million, the building is the largest and most expensive public project in the city’s history, and was built under the auspices of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA). It was the centerpiece of a multi-billion dollar redevelopment plan which included The Walk, a retail and entertainment complex, numerous Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA)-funded neighborhood partnerships, the Boardwalk Hall renovation, the Grand Boulevard, the Sheraton Convention Center Hotel, and new casino expansion projects.
The Convention Center, designed to incorporate and reflect Atlantic City’s seaside location, won the prestigious “Award of Excellence in Architectural Design” from the Pennsylvania Society of Architects. A regional décor is evident throughout the building, from the wave-inspired carpeting and granite flooring to the atrium’s Rock Bar, an attractive setting for any event planner. Visitors entering the building are welcomed by a 90-foot high skylit atrium lobby complete with a lobby concierge, sculptures and art. Artist Jonathan Borofsky created the five flying fish sculptures suspended above the atrium floor. Twenty seven cast stone sculptures, created by Thomas Van Dyke of Prospect Park and cast by American Trim Stone of Haskell, are inset into the atrium walls and represent local sea life such as starfish, crabs and seahorses. The fourth floor showcases artist William Wegman’s photographic exhibit entitled Six Scenic Scenes that depicts his famous weimaraners in costume and participating in activities found throughout New Jersey. Both Borofsky’s and Wegman’s creations were commissioned through New Jersey’s Public Buildings Art Inclusion Act of 1978. Wallace Roberts & Todd of Philadelphia, Pa is the architect and landscape architect of the Center, a project undertaken in joint venture with STV Incorporated, Engineers.
The facility contains 500,000 contiguous square feet of space and occupies a site of nearly 31 acres, making it one of the East Coast’s largest Convention Centers. One of the most sophisticated facilities of its kind in the nation, the center features cutting edge communications technology and offers the instantaneous transfer of information throughout the building or across the globe.