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 March 18, 2009
Vancouver Convention Centre Expansion Opens

 After five years of planning, building and planting, April 3 marks the official opening of the Vancouver Convention Centre's expanded facilities. With wide open views of the water and mountains, a downtown location, exterior public space, a "living" roof, and interior finishes such as the abundant use of British Columbian wood and unique art pieces, this convention facility feels more like a high-end hotel than a sterile meeting venue.

With the opening of the expansion, which will be known as the "West Facility", the original "East" section of the centre will undergo renovation starting in April and scheduled to be completed by September. The renovation will include cosmetic improvements to mirror the look and feel of the expansion. Upgrades will include new stone work, a new plaza, updated carpets, wall treatments, the introduction of natural woods, and new chairs.

The expansion triples the size of the original convention centre facilities, bringing the available space to a total of 43,991 square metres (473,523 square feet). The centre boasts Canada's largest convention centre ballroom and the country's largest living "green" roof. The existing centre and new expansion are linked by a 90 metre (300 foot) covered connector offering views of the harbour.