Best Convention Center: Oregon Convention Center

Oregon Convention CenterThe Space You Need in a Place You’ll Love

The Oregon Convention Center can host complex, large-scale events that require sophistication and detail. Like the city it is located in, the OCC is never satisfied in its pursuit of excellence. The sheer range of the events it can present reflect the OCC’s broad appeal as a hosting venue, but also its ability to capture the Portland zeitgeist, which embraces the alternative, mainstream and traditional, all at once. The OCC prides itself on providing the most modern amenities and best customer service in the industry.

Striving to Be the Greenest Convention Center in the World

From the beginning, the OCC has prioritized efforts regarding water, energy efficiency and waste diversion. Little surprise the center has received a slew of awards over the past two decades. Those efforts culminated in 2014 with the pinnacle of certifications–LEED® Platinum Certification. The OCC is now one of only two convention centers in the United States to hold that distinction.

Other sustainability honors included being the first convention center to qualify for Level 4 APEX/ASTM certification, the first body of standards created uniquely for green meetings and events and verified by the Green Meeting Industry Council. Salmon-Safe, which advocates for the protection of agricultural and urban watersheds by land-based companies, re-certified the OCC and highlighted the pesticide-free campus and its large water-filtering rain garden.

The center has completed the replacement of its roof with new reflective material, providing significant savings on the energy used to heat and cool the facility. In 2015, the OCC plans to install solar panel arrays that will generate up to 25% of its entire annual energy usage.

Leading the Pace into the Future

The OCC and Metro, its regional government management organization, are actively negotiating with Mortenson Development and the Hyatt Corporation to build a 600-room hotel adjacent to the center. The hotel will attract more national conventions, bring visitors to the area, and create and sustain jobs.

This summer, OCC will launch a major website renovation that will provide clear, searchable and sharable content. Because this is Portland, the site will be simultaneously professional, fun and beautiful. It will also be usable on all devices—smartphone, tablet, desktop, etc.—and accessible to people of different levels of proficiency, including ESL speakers, people with disabilities and more.

For the first time in 2016, the OCC will host the IAAF World Indoor Track & Field Championships. This event represents a new threshold given the extraordinary international appeal of track and field, and will showcase the center as a true world-class venue.

Contact the OCC

Visit the OCC on the web at oregoncc.org, or speak with a sales representative at 800-791-2250.


Oregon Convention Center

777 N.E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
Portland, OR 97232
800.791.2250
oregoncc.org

-255,000 sq. ft. of contiguous exhibit space, 50 meeting rooms, 2 grand ballrooms, full-service catering and an 800-space underground parking garage.

-High-speed Internet and Wi-Fi connections throughout.

-U.S. Green Building Council LEED Platinum, Green Meeting Industry Council APEX/ASTM Level IV, and Salmon-Safe certified.

-New 600-room headquarter hotel planned adjacent to the center.

Getting There

Accessible from I-5 North (Exit 302A) and I-84 West (Exit 1) in Portland’s Rose Quarter/Lloyd District. Visitors can get to and from the downtown hotel core and Portland International Airport (PDX) with ease via city light rail and streetcars.