Utah County Convention Center on Track for Spring Opening

During a July 11 "topping off" ceremony, construction crews and city officials confirmed that the new Utah County Convention Center in Provo, Utah, is on track to open in spring 2012, local newspaper the Daily Herald reported last week.

"This is a tremendous addition to our downtown," Provo Mayor John Curtis said, according to the newspaper. "It's nice to see the glass windows in and see the building take shape."

Added Don Nay, assistant director of public works for Utah County, "This is the most significant building the county has ever built. It is the most technically complex building in Utah County. It is also on schedule and under budget."

Upon completion, the Utah County Convention Center will offer approximately 52,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 19,630-square-foot exhibit hall and a 16,894-square-foot ballroom — the largest in Utah County. Designed to be LEED Silver certified, the facility will host its first event on April 18, 2012, according to the Utah Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau, which told the Daily Herald that there is already $700,000 worth of business booked at the new convention center.