The Jekyll Island Authority is promoting the newly constructed Jekyll Island Convention Center as the only oceanfront convention facility on the U.S. East Coast south of New Jersey.
According to the Jekyll Island Authority, the fact of the convention center’s location was not lost on the building’s design team: Throughout the 128,000-square-foot building, hints are found of the coastal environment surrounding the center.
The natural green, tan and blue hues that make up the overall color scheme of the center reflect both the nearby sands, waters and maritime forest that attract thousands of guests to Jekyll Island each year, according to the Authority.
Architectural-design firm HHCP designed the center’s Atlantic Hall ballroom to be versatile enough to suit almost any size of group. At 45,000 square feet, the ballroom can be a single, grand room with unobstructed space, or can be divided into as many as eight sections to hold up to 6,900 attendees in total.
In addition to the flexible Atlantic Hall, the new center will offer an additional 11 breakout meeting rooms, large pre-function areas, and more than 30,000 square feet of patio and lawn function areas.
The center has been built using eco-friendly design standards, earning a silver-level LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
According to the Jekyll Island Authority, the center’s designers were extremely conscious of the fragile coastal eco-system in which they were working, making sure that the blueprints for the center included details such as solar panels, low-impact lighting throughout 90 per cent of the building, and a reflective roof.
“We designed and built this facility to the highest of standards,” says Mike Chatham, lead architect with HHCP. “The magnitude to detail put into the entire structure was above and beyond anything people have seen before. We strove for greatness and succeeded.”
Reusing locally sourced materials for the building was also a key component of planning, according to the Authority. Shells and sea glass from Georgia shores were ground into the hallway, while reclaimed South Georgia pine was used as flooring in the Ben Porter Salon event room.
“We worked hard for several years to ensure we built the premier conference center in the nation,” says Bob Krueger, chair of the Jekyll Island Authority. “Immaculate thought and care was put into all the details of creating this impressive structure. This venue is efficient, effective and utterly state-of-the-art.”
According to the Authority, the new Jekyll Island Convention Center is already gaining attention on a state-wide and national scale. More than 200 conventions have already been booked for the center through 2016, which will generate more than $40 million in economic impact for the State of Georgia.
The Authority is forecasting that, because of its new convention center, Jekyll Island will see historic levels of meetings and conventions in 2013 and beyond.
“With this facility, we did more than create the premier convention center in the nation,” says Jones Hooks, executive director of the Jekyll Island Authority. “We’ve created a destination. The new Jekyll Island Convention Center will be a shining star for the State of Georgia.”