April 26, 2017
This Just In

  • The architect for Messe Frankfurt’s new Hall 5 has been selected. Gruber + Kleine-Kraneburg will design the building, which opens in 2022.
  • The design will mirror the current two-story Hall 5, but with a column-free first level. Work begins when the Hall 6 renovation is finished.
  • The American Association of Sleep Technologists (AAST) signed with SmithBucklin to provide full-service association management services.
  • Abigail Lynn will serve as Executive Director for AAST, which will move its headquarters to SmithBucklin’s Chicago office on July 1.
  • The Albany Capital Center in upstate New York opened in March with 60+ events on the books for 2017. The overall project cost $78 million.
  • The new center, which is managed by SMG, has approximately 31,700 sf of meeting/exhibit space that can accommodate up to 5,000 people.
  • The San Diego Convention Center (SDCC) is now a LEED GOLD facility, meeting the standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council.
  • New energy-efficient LED lighting, composting all food scraps and low-flow plumbing in restrooms helped the SDCC achieve the Gold rating.

Chicago to Allow Off-Duty Cops to Patrol McCormick Place

Hil Anderson
, Senior Editor
June 24, 2016
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Chicago, IL – The Chicago City Council this week approved a plan to have moonlighting city police officers patrolling McCormick Place as a precaution against an armed attack.

The measure is designed to offset concerns over the possibility of someone with a gun targeting the massive convention center campus.

“There has been growing concern with security … in terms of attacks in Brussels or things that happened in France and, quite frankly, things that happened in Orlando,” Mike Merchant, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) told city aldermen.

Merchant told the council that organizers of major trade shows had expressed concerns about security at McCormick Place and a willingness to help pay to have more police on the scene, the Chicago Sun-Times said.

The newspaper said the plan would create a pool of around 135 off-duty officers who would be available to patrol the McCormick Place grounds while in uniform. A similar program is already in place at Navy Pier.

“We are looking to have multi-layered options to have security maybe roaming the floor, or maybe canine units,” Merchant said. “They (show organizers) will pay us and we will pay the police officers.”

The police officers are part of an overall plan to upgrade security at McCormick Place, including new surveillance cameras and possibly concrete vehicle barriers around the perimeter of the center.

Reach Mike Merchant at (312) 791-7500 or mmerchant@mpea.com

 

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