Walk This Way: Events DC Creates New Pathway to Walter E. Washington Convention Center

May 28, 2014

New Escalators and Pedestrian Connector Help Change the Face of Conventions in the Nation’s Capital

WASHINGTON — Events DC has ushered in a brand new era for conventions and meetings inWashington, DC. A state-of-the-art pedestrian connector now joins the Walter E. WashingtonConvention Center and the four-star Marriott Marquis Washington, DC – the largest and newest hotel in the city. This now expands the city’s capability for citywide conferences and events with 1,175 hotel rooms and an additional 100,000 square feet of meeting space at the hotel, adjacent to theWalter E. Washington Convention Center. In conjunction with the hotel project, the Convention Center has added four new escalators to help hotel guests and convention visitors get to their destination quickly and efficiently.

“Events DC has made a significant investment in the new Marriott Marquis Washington, DC , allowing  convention attendees to stay at the beautiful, four-star hotel and have direct access to the Walter E.Washington Convention Center,” said Greg O’Dell, president and CEO of Events DC. “This gives the nation’s capital an even greater opportunity to host citywide conventions and meetings –further enhancing our offering as one of the premier international convention destinations.”

The new connector creates a path from the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center with a walkway running east-west under 9th Street, NW. Guests of the hotel can access the connector by entering on the lower level concourse. The Marriott Marquis Washington, DC’s direct access to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center creates the perfect storm for ushering in a convention and entertainment district within the revitalized Shaw neighborhood. The 1,175 guest room hotel is located within walking distance to major attractions and event venues in the area including the Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square and CityCenterDC.

The four new interior escalators, manufactured by Fujitec America, have been installed at the following locations:

  • One escalator has been added to the Concourse Level connecting to the Main Lobby of the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC. It is adjacent to the existing escalators in the SouthBuilding at 9th Street, NW and Mount Vernon Place, NW.
  • Two escalators have been added to the Concourse Level and connect to the L Street Bridge. They are adjacent to existing escalators in the Middle Building at 9th and L Streets, NW.
  • One escalator is adjacent to the existing escalators from the Concourse Level down to Exhibit Hall A.

The first citywide convention to utilize this shared space was FOSE/Government Technology IT Expo. Two more high profile events will take advantage of the shared space this summer and are expected to bring more than $40 million in impact to the local economy. The Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in July will bring 15,000 people to the city and the Jehovah’s Witness International Convention in August expects 60,000 attendees from around the world.

The connector project was led by Humphrey Rich in partnership with Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates, the original architect for the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

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