The Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC) is the centerpiece to Miami Beach’s meetings and conventions industry. Re-imagined following a $620-million-dollar renovation, the expanded MBCC includes a new 60,000 square-foot Grand Ballroom, almost 500,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space, an expanded Grand Lobby, pre-function areas that are bathed in natural light, up to 84 breakout rooms, almost 2,100 miles of cabling to support all IT communications, $7.1 million dollars’ worth of art curated by the City of Miami Beach Art in Public Places program, a new six-acre public green space that can serve as incremental event space, and much, much more.
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Dec 11, 2015
Miami Beach, FL (December 11, 2015) This weekend marks the start of a new era for the historic Miami Beach Convention Center with the official ground breaking for the much anticipated renovation. Over the next three years, the Miami Beach Convention Center, managed by Spectra Venue Management, will be undergoing a $515 million renovation and expansion that will set a new standard of excellence. The design team consists of nationally recognized Fentress Architects and international landscape architects West 8, who have designed the new 1.4 million square foot, LEED certified facility that will position itself among the most prominent and advanced convention centers of the world.
Matt Hollander, the GM of the Miami Beach Convention Center, has been heavily involved in the renovation process. “Our building is dated, though guests that use it really love it and we get great reviews. However, the
meeting planner community has been telling us that the building needs to be updated with modern technology and newer finishes Today’s meeting planner has different expectations. As it is now, the building doesn’t reflect the energy of Miami Beach. So we are planning a renovation that will be over $500M in terms of scale – a complete renovation from end to end, floor to ceiling. We will be adding 150,000 sq. ft. of new space that will include a new ballroom, new meeting spaces and a new kitchen.
We will have lots of new technology coming into the building and integrated in a way that it can grow along with new technologies. Construction starts this December and throughout 2016 we will open two halls. We expect the interior to be finished by 2018 and that’s when we will start work on the exterior where we are going to create some beautiful green space. We are so excited about the reimagined Miami Beach Convention Center.”
The new venue will include a state-of-the-art 60,000 square foot grand ballroom, additional meeting rooms with flexible arrangements, advanced technology, and versatile indoor/outdoor areas. The 5.8 acre parking lot directly across from Hall C on Convention Center Drive will be converted into a beautiful public park complete with canopy trees, a flexible lawn area, a food pavilion, and a veteran’s memorial.
The 800 parking spots that the park will be replacing will be relocated within the footprint of the building.
The future for the Miami Beach Convention Center is extremely bright and the economic impact it will bring to the City of Miami Beach will be profound. Upon completion of the renovation, the Convention Center district will transform into a true Center for Creative Collaboration.
CONTACT: Brooke Millea, Marketing Manager
Spectra Venue Management/Miami Beach Convention Center
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Jul 6, 2015
Miami Beach, FL (July 6, 2015) The Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC), managed by Spectra Venue Management, has announced they will again host multiple events during the 8 th Annual Miami TakeOver 2015. Miami Takeover 2015, being held July 9 th through July 13th, is a destination, style and travel
experience featuring an action packed weekend full of nightlife events catered toward urban professionals. The event also includes various celebrity-hosted parties, day events and a comedy show.
“We are happy to welcome back Miami TakeOver,” said MBCC GM Matt Hollander. “We are looking forward to again hosting some of the events that make up this exciting weekend and showcasing our venue and this destination.”
All-Access Miami TakeOver event passes and individual tickets can be purchased www.miamitakeover2015.com
This year’s Miami TakeOver line-up will include events at Mansion Nightclub, Ocean Ten, and Nikki Beach, in addition to the events being held at the MBCC. Miami TakeOver 2015 will feature celebrities such as comedian Eddie Bryant, Vybe Band, Junkyard Band, Dee Jay Casper, Black Passion, and many more! “Miami Takeover is geared to provide like-minded urban professionals with a stress free getaway in the ideal vacation spot in Miami,” says Wylie Kynard, general partner of WK&F Group.
Miami TakeOver is organized annually by the WK&F Group and VP Productions Travel. For full line-up information and details, visit www.miamitakeover2015.com
The WK&F Group WK&F Group is a full-service event production company that is known to produce some of the finest events in the city. The WK&F Group is committed to exposing the urban professional community to the best entertainment alternatives. As part of our continuous effort to expand The WK&F Group brand, annual events are held in Charlotte, Dallas, and Miami and at the NBA All Star Game. Based on the experienced gained promoting and hosting our events, The WK&F Group has established a suite of services to assist with the promotion of any event or product.
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MBCC CONTACT: Brooke Millea, Marketing Manager
Spectra/Miami Beach Convention Center
Phone: 786-276-2629 Email: BMillea@MiamiBeachFL.gov
May 21, 2015
Miami Beach, FL (May 21, 2015) On May 20, 2015, the City of Miami Beach directed Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales to enter into negotiations with Portman Holdings for the development of an 800-room headquarter hotel on a site adjacent to the Miami Beach Convention Center.
Portman Holdings is to privately fund the $405 million hotel and pay the City 4% of the hotel’s gross revenues under a proposed 99-year lease. The City estimates that the revenues will equate to approximately $4.7 million annually in a normal operating year, not including millions of dollars in additional resort tax and other payments that the hotel will generate.
“We are excited to be delivering what our convention center clients need in order to book events in Miami Beach, without any public incentives or public financing,” noted Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine. “The addition of this hotel is an integral component of our plan to revitalize our center and reduce overall traffic by attracting convention events where attendees walk to the convention center and to local restaurants and shops, rather than drive by car.”
The plan calls for the development of the hotel on a parking lot behind the Fillmore Theater, adjacent to the new Miami Beach Convention Center. The Fillmore Theater will remain in place and operational during and after the hotel’s construction. The hotel will provide 701 rooms, 99 suites and 95,000 square feet of meeting space. The hotel is also planned to offer an amenity deck with pools and landscaping. In addition, the developer is required to pay for the cost of a sky bridge connecting the hotel to the convention center.
The hotel will be designed by Atlanta-based John Portman & Associates. “We have designed this people oriented hotel to fit within the neighborhood, to connect Soundscape Park to the newly designed convention center park and to incorporate the cultural influences which are indigenous to Miami Beach,” said Jack ortman, vice chairman of Portman Holdings.
We are committed to providing excellent public service and safety to all who live, work and play in our vibrant, tropical, historic community. “The design of the hotel calls for a unique creative solution to become a world-class hotel that also becomes an icon that adds an enhanced identity to Miami Beach,” noted architect John Portman, Jr. “The design incorporates lush integrated landscaping laced with art, with views on one side to the ocean and on the other to the city’s skyline,” added Portman.
In the last 60 years, Portman has designed and developed large-scale convention hotels internationally, including the Hilton San Diego, the Marriott Marquis in New York City, the Ritz-Carlton at Shanghai Center in China, among others.
The City received two proposals for the hotel in April. One of the proposals was eliminated early in the process because it requested a public subsidy to develop the hotel.
“The City Commission gave us clear direction that they would not entertain any proposal that included a public incentive. In addition, the developer had to agree to not have gambling on the site or own a gambling facility in Miami-Dade County,” said Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales. “We are fortunate to have received a proposal by a firm as capable as Portman that could develop under these constraints.
If the lease agreement is approved by Miami Beach voters in November, the hotel is planned to open prior Art Basel in the late fall of 2018. For information on the Miami Beach Convention Center Project, visit
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Oct 14, 2014
Miami Beach, FL (October 14, 2014) Global Spectrum has announced two new additions to the Sales and Marketing team at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Brooke Millea recently replaced George Aiello as the Marketing Manager and Corporate Contact for the MBCC and Yela Mas-Sanchez has replaced Jeff Rugg as the Sales Manager.
Brooke Millea is advancing from her previous marketing role at the Global Spectrum facility, the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. “I am very excited to further develop my marketing career at the Miami Beach Convention Center and I am eager to further grow this department and facility.”
Millea was born and raised in Central Massachusetts and has relocated to Miami, FL for this position. She has held various marketing and customer service positions before beginning her career at Global Spectrum. “I love this company and all of the wonderful people I have met and worked with. Living and working in Miami, Florida will only broaden my horizons and expand my network”.
Yela Mas-Sanchez joins the Miami Beach Convention Center from the Hilton Miami Downtown. She has more than ten years of hotel sales experience working as the Sales Manager at the well known Las Vegas companies MGM Resorts International, Caesars Entertainment, and Venetian and Palazzo pertaining to Sands Corporation.
Mas-Sanchez was born and raised in Cuba and moved to Las Vegas in 2003 where she began her sales career. She is very excited to join the company, especially during this time of change and renovation. “It is an honor and a privilege to join Global Spectrum and the MBCC. With the right individuals in place, we will ensure the success of this venue and all of the events that take place here.”
MBCC Director of Sales and Marketing, Ileana Garcia, is happy to have Millea and Mas Sanchez take over. “These two new members of my department will bring a new perspective to the convention center. I strongly believe that they are ready and able to take on any challenges they face”.
Millea began her new position effective September 15, 2014.
Mas-Sanchez began her new position effective September 29, 2014.
CONTACT: Brooke Millea, Marketing Manager
Global Spectrum/Miami Beach Convention Center
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