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Puerto Rico Convention Center

San Juan, PR

Architecturally dynamic in structure, the new Puerto Rico Convention Center is the largest in the Caribbean, most versatile and technologically advanced throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. The Center is centrally located within the Puerto Rico Convention Center District development area, minutes from the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, beachfront hotels and the tourist district of Old San Juan. Built on a former Navy base, the Convention Center District is one of the largest waterfront development projects in the U.S. history. It is becoming a dynamic urban center, with residences, multiple hotels and commercial space coming on line which make it not only a gathering place for conventions, meetings and trade shows but for shopping, recreation and entertainment as well.

With 580,000 square feet of total space, the Center can accommodate groups of up to 10,000, in an ideal setting at the gateway to all the Island has to offer. The center’s design borrows from Puerto Rico’s rich color palette, embodying the textures of the rainforest, the drama of moonlight on the ocean and the brilliance of colors reflected in a rippling pool of translucent water. Even the building’s structure honors this fascinating Island with a sweeping roof design that mimics the endless energy of the surf.

The new Puerto Rico Convention Center is a government owned building under the administration of the Convention Center District Authority and managed by the experienced and knowledgeable team of SMG since the pre-opening period beginning in 2002.

Features:
  • Total Square Feet (Enclosed) – 580,000 sq. ft. /53,882 sq. m.
  • Total Exhibition Space – 152,700 sq. ft. /14,186 sq. m.
  • Ballroom Space – 39,500 sq. ft. /3,670 sq. m.
  • Meeting Space – 36,200 sq. ft. /3,363 sq. m.; 28 breakout rooms
  • Public Circulation & Concourses – 96,100 sq. ft. /8,928 sq. m.
  • Loading Dock – Accommodates 22 tractor trailers; 6 with automatic leveler
  • Parking – 1,800 spaces controlled on-site with additional 1,500 adjacent
  • Exhibition Hall • Number of Exhibition Halls – 1 (divisible into 3 smaller sections)
  • Other in-house services include high speed remote internet, a full-service Business Center, visitor information center and video conferencing.
  • One of the most popular features of the Center is the covered outdoor Terrace overlooking San Juan bay to the west and the Atlantic shore to the north. Receptions for up to 1,000 and dinners for more than 600 are regularly scheduled here to take advantage of the view and the ambience of the surrounding environment.
SMG Services:

SMG has been the operator of the Puerto Rico Convention Center since 2004.

SAVOR… San Juan, the exclusive caterer for the facility, prepares and designs innovative menus to fit a client’s every need, from snacks to formal Gala dinners. SMG’s expertise in food service operations not only allowed the PRCC to realize increased net operating income in this area, but has also facilitated the creation of new profit centers including the Antiguo Casino as well as multiple themed fixed and portable interior concession outlets and outdoor cafes. Antiguo Casino is distinguished by its Spanish and French design. This marvelous place can host a variety of events such as wedding celebrations, galas, corporate functions and others. Its beautiful gardens, balconies, moldings, white marble floors, majestic central staircase and its beautiful twelve foot chandelier makes up the elegance of this building. These attributes make the Antiguo Casino one of Old San Juan’s most prestigious architectonic relics of the 20th century.

Significant Milestones and Achievements:
  • The Center has received international recognition including multiple Prime Site awards from Facility Magazine and was recognized by Travel Plus Magazines as one of the Top 8 New Convention Centers from around the world.
  • With support from the government’s PR Green Initiative we have launched an aggressive Green Building Program. Its purpose is to design policies and procedures to reduce resources consumption and enhance the quality of work and life on the island; to become more livable, sustainable, resource efficient and healthier and to encourage our clients to do the same. Our current efforts include recycling, waste reduction, material reuse, energy management and the use of environmentally friendly cleaning products. Additionally we are assisting the PRCDA in the process to confirm the PRCC as one of the first LEED Certified Existing Green Buildings in Puerto Rico.
  • SMG AMONG PUERTO RICO’S 20 BEST EMPLOYERS: SMG is proud to have been recognized as one of the 20 Best Employers of Puerto Rico in our first year of eligibility in 2007. We were recognized for demonstrating in our policies, benefits plan and employee relations that human resources are the most important assets for a company and together with best practices it provides successful business results. This award is given annually by the Nuevo Dia newspaper based on survey results and analysis provided by Price Waterhouse Coopers and Hewitt Associates.
  • 2009 – 2011 “Inner Circle Award” “Associations Meetings” national publication.
  • 2006 – 2011 “Prime Site” Award by “Facilities & Destinations Magazine”
  • Zenit Award – Sector de Turismo de la Cámara de Comercio de PR
  • 2011 World’s Top Convention Center by “Trade Show Executives Magazine”