Durham Convention Center Re-Opens Following Renovations

Following a $6.9 million renovation, the Durham Convention Center has re-opened in downtown Durham, N.C., local newspaper The Herald-Sun reported last week.

Although it's hosted a few events during the renovations — which included an upgrade to the building's HVAC system, the remodeling of several interior spaces, the addition of a new kitchen and the replacement of the facility's roof — the convention center has been mostly closed since January. According to the paper, however, it is now hosting events "on an ongoing basis," as the renovation is 95 percent complete, with only finishing touches remaining.

The 44,000-square-foot Durham Convention Center is located adjacent to the Durham Marriott City Center hotel, which is managed by the Shaner Hotel Group. That group previously managed the convention center, as well, until the city and county chose a new operator that would be able to reduce its operating losses.

"Our hotel will provide ongoing first class service and accommodations expected of a Marriott hotel and we wish the convention center all the best in providing its own guest services to its patrons," Shaner Hotel Group CEO Lance Shaner said in a statement. "The Durham Marriott City Center will continue to offer fine rooms, food and beverage service, and amenities to our hotel guests in keeping with a first class operation under the Marriott flag."

The convention center's new operator, Global Spectrum, is planning to market and re-brand the facility, which has more than 200 events booked for the current fiscal year.

A grand re-opening ceremony is expected to take place later this year, once the renovations are 100 percent complete.