Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Fredericton Convention Centre Officially Opens

Fredericton (January 12, 2011) - Government officials and community members gathered today to mark the official opening of the new Fredericton Convention Centre. The construction of the centre was made possible thanks to an investment by the governments of Canada and New Brunswick as well as the City of Fredericton.

The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of National Revenue and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (far left above), along with His Worship Brad Woodside, Mayor of the City of Fredericton (second from left), Hollis Cole, President of ADI Ltd -Architects (third from left), and the Honourable David Alward, Premier of New Brunswick (far right above), and , were on hand today to celebrate the completion of Fredericton’s new convention centre.

“The Fredericton Convention Centre is part of a transformative project for the east end of our downtown,” said Mayor Woodside. “Not only will it result in new tourism and event business, but it is sure to serve as a catalyst for additional development. This is a great day for Fredericton, and I want to thank the federal and provincial governments for their investment in our future.”

As part of the City of Fredericton’s East End Development project, the 66,000 square foot convention centre, which has been built to obtain silver-LEED certification, will be capable of accommodating 1,000 seated persons, and 1,500 persons in a stand-up concert style setting. It includes additional features such as meeting rooms, a ballroom, a business centre, a commercial kitchen, teleconferencing and multi-media facilities. The East End Development project incorporates the flexible multi-purpose event and conference centre, which is connected and integrated with a new office building and parking structure.

The total cost of the initiative is estimated at $27.9 million. The governments of Canada and New Brunswick have jointly committed $8 million with the City of Fredericton providing $19.9 million for the balance of funding.

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