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Grand Opening for New Conference Center

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Monterey Herald

After all the pounding, sawing and other construction activities that have been underway inside and outside for months, the city on Wednesday expects to hear the quieter sounds of oohs and aahs from those touring the newly-renovated Conference Center when it’s officially unveiled to the public.

The grand opening ceremony will take place from 2 to 7 p.m. and attendees are invited to stroll through the center and celebrate what city officials and leaders are calling “Downtown Monterey’s new architectural gem.”


The project, which was funded solely by the city’s hotels and motels through Conference Center Facilities District bonds, was managed by Ausonio, Inc. while Stronghold Engineering, Inc. served as the contractor. Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP provided architect, interiors and engineering services.

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