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 December 11, 2007
New Toronto Conference Centre Development Approved

 Toronto City Council approved the Conference Centre redevelopment at Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place. The 160,000 square foot Automotive Building, part of the Direct Energy Centre complex, will undergo a $46.88 million renovation to create a new Conference Centre and is committed to achieving LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver rating design standard. Construction is scheduled to commence in March 2008 with an anticipated opening in April 2009.

"As Chair of the Board of Governors of Exhibition Place, I am excited about this redevelopment as yet another element in the ongoing rejuvenation of Exhibition Place. This results in Canada's largest and most modern convention and exhibition centre in the Direct Energy Centre and the City of Toronto, with over one million square feet of space under one roof, and supports the City's important tourism industry," said Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone.

The Board of Governors of Exhibition Place previously awarded Toronto-based NORR Limited, Architects & Engineers (NORR) the contract for the design redevelopment of the Conference Centre project. The design of the Conference Centre is respectful of the historical aspects of the original Art Deco building and will feature panoramic lake views and natural light throughout the lobby, pre-function and meeting room spaces.

Consultations with meeting and convention planners and industry partners have resulted in a user-friendly, environmentally responsible design. Upon completion in spring 2009, the project will become a showcase as it will be the first LEED Silver Conference Centre in Canada.

Exhibitions, meetings and conventions may utilize the Conference Centre as a stand alone venue or in combination with the adjacent 1 million square foot Direct Energy Centre complex -- Canada's largest exhibition and convention centre. The Conference Centre will be connected to Direct Energy Centre via an underground walkway, offering attendees year round, climate controlled access from the exhibition halls and underground parking facilities.