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Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center

Alaska is one of the most beautiful of all our fifty states.  What better place to hold a conference, convention, or trade show?  And just look at that gorgeous venue!  (picture by Ken Graham)

This lovely convention center is located at 600 W. Seventh Ave., Anchorage, AK, 99501.  Phone: (907)264-2850

The Alaska Big Wildlife website has this to say about the  Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center

The Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center is Anchorage’s newest, state-of-the-art convention facility. When the doors opened in October 2008 Anchorage’s civic and convention capacity was increased by more than 300 percent.

With views of the spectacularly beautiful Chugach mountain range, the convention center and its meeting rooms enhance the cultural experience both indoors and out, as well as provide the functionality that is expected from a premier meeting facility.

Visitors are greeted in the grand lobby by 95-foot ceilings and a 65-foot shimmering, cascading sculpture that depicts birds, mammals and sea creatures of the local region.

The 25,332 square foot ballroom has the capacity for 140 booths, 1,800 banquet seats and 2,867 theatre style. The exhibit hall can accommodate 278 trade show booths, 3,300 banquet seating and 5,000 theatre space. The flexible space expands as needed, providing 10,372 square feet of meeting rooms.

Some fun facts about the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center:

  • Idlughet (ee-DLOW-ghut) Exhibit Hall is 50,000 sq. ft. – equivalent to a football field minus the end zones
  • 1,200 cubic yards of concrete was used to build the Dena’ina Center – the equivalent of a five-foot wide sidewalk from Anchorage to Wasilla (approximately 43 miles)
  • 2,600 tons of structural steel is included in the Dena’ina Center – the equivalent of 1,200 pick-up trucks
  • Construction materials used in building the Dena’ina Center include 675 tons of steel rebar, 40,000-square-feet of concrete panels, 20 acres of drywall, 135 miles of wire feeder and branch wire, 80 toilet partitions and 1.25 acres of insulated metal panels
  • The large-scale size of “Constellation,” the main lobby artwork, required additional sprinkler heads be installed
  • The Dena’ina Center décor includes $160,000 in plants, most of which are live
  • $2.7 million in furnishings outfit the Dena’ina Center, including 4,500 banquet chairs
  • One of the two service elevators is large enough to hold an African elephant; the two public elevators travel at 350-feet per minute
  • Shimmer Screen Beads cover the upper walls in the ballroom, gently swaying as the air circulates; center executives joked they were installing a “glorified key chain”
  • The state-of-the-art kitchen includes a flight-type dishwasher that can clean and sanitize up to 15,700 plates per hour; an additional conveyor dishwasher can accommodate up to 8,000 glasses per hour
  • Two “on demand” kitchen coffee machines are capable of brewing up to 9,576 cups per hour and two “steam-jacket” kettles have a total capacity of 100 gallons of soup or sauce
  • Refrigeration capacity at the Dena’ina Center will allow for up to 10,000 boxed lunches to be prepared and stored for next day delivery
  • The kitchen is equipped with two, double-sided, conveyor belt type “dish up” stations. Heated plates move along an assembly line as hot foods are placed on them. A photo-optic activated shut-off system keeps plates from flying off the line.
  • The outdoor terrace, on the ballroom level, can accommodate 900 guests and has a heated floor for year-round use
  • Heated sidewalks surround three sides of the Dena’ina Center and along F Street providing comfortable connectivity between the Anchorage Convention Centers
  • The Dena’ina name Tikahtnu (tee-KAHT-new) means “Big Water River” or “saltwater.” There are less than 50 Dena’ina speakers left. Naming this building the Dena’ina Center honors Anchorage’s first inhabitants. It is hoped that the building’s name will inspire more people to learn the language.
  • The Dena’ina people, the original inhabitants of the Cook Inlet area, settled in the upper Cook Inlet basin at the end of the last Ice Age (500 – 1000 AD). They believe in leaving minimal imprint on the land.
    The Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (ACVB) mission is to attract and serve visitors to the Municipality of Anchorage as a Destination Marketing Organization (DMO). ACVB’s marketing functions are funded by one-third of the bed tax collected by lodging associations. One-third goes to the Municipality’s general fund, a contribution established in 1978, and one-third goes to the construction and annual maintenance costs of the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center and the William A. Egan Civic & Convention Center. ACVB receives no state or federal funds. Explore for more information.

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Not All Trade Shows Are In Fancy Venues

DeadliestCatch Tomorrow marks the new season of Deadliest Catch, a Discovery show that talks about the dangers of commercial fishing off the coast of Alaska.  I have been following with interest on this show because of the drama that unfolds to put that snow crab and king crab on my plate that I love so much.  They refer to the crab catches as “gold”, and for good reason given the amount of money they stand to make with a good harvest of crab in Alaska.  Naturally, since I was interested in this I decided to see if there was a commercial fishing convention or trade show out there for these dangerous employees to enjoy during the off season.  What I thought would be a very fancy trade show and convention turned out to be a event held not in Vegas or Orlando or New York City, but on the island of Kodiak in nothing other than the local High School.

comfishalaska Comfish Alaska 2008, was recently held last month at the Kodiak High School Auditorium.  I can only assume they used the event location during the time when the students are out for Spring Break.  The event celebrated its 29th year and has lots of interesting vendors listed for the event, including of course, the City of Kodiak and other local businesses and sponsors.

As I expected, right in the beginning of the events was the presentation about sinking ships:

Flooding Control: Knowledge & Tools to Prevent Sinking – Hands on training and videos by the nationally acclaimed AK Marine Safety Education Association. Don’t go down with the ship! Presenter: Steven Campbell, AMSEA/Kodiak

Obviously, the Deadliest Catch was right along these lines.  Other seminars talk about Exxon Valdez lawsuit updates and the value of the King Crab market.  All things that are important to the Captains and crews of the fishing industry.  I suppose they will be holding this again next year for their 30th show at the same location.  I guess a blue collar job such as commercial fishing needs just four walls and a roof for their trade show.  I would love to attend just to see what the event is like, I’ll bring the melted butter!