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Georgia World Congress Center Completing Tornado Repairs


Atlanta, GA – The tornado that slammed into the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) on March 14 is becoming a fading memory just a month after it swept through downtown Atlanta.

The convention center began hosting scheduled events within two weeks after the storm and will have Building A and the remainder of Building B opened by the end of April, according to General Manager Mark Zimmerman. “Thousands of people have worked to get the convention center and the city back to business,” Zimmerman said. “It’s a perfect example of teamwork and we want to thank our customers and the community for their support.”

The repair work also provided an opportunity to make some upgrades to the GWCC:

  • Escalators were refurbished and will operate more efficiently
  • New overhead doors were installed
  • The new roofs on the Buildings A, B and C Concourses will enhance energy efficiency
  • New ceiling tiles and wall fabric panels were installed on the Buildings A and B
  • Concourses will improve lighting and acoustics.

The second half of April was a busy one for the GWCC. The 26th Annual Atlanta Journal-Constitution International Auto Show began an April 19-27 run in Buildings B and C. The FIRST Robotics Championships were held at the GWCC as well as Centennial Olympic Park and the Georgia Dome April 17-19.

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