Enhancements Include New Meeting Rooms, Wireless Internet & Going Green Program
HARRISBURG, PA (2010) – The Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center (FSC) is currently undergoing $9 million in upgrades and additions, including an Energy Savings Project and ‘Going Green’ initiative, that is scheduled to be completed by December 31, 2010. The new enhancements were planned to keep the FSC competitive with meeting, expo, and event facilities in the Mid-Atlantic region.
“The PA Farm Show Complex is an amazing facility that keeps getting better,” said Sharon Altland, Director of Sales for the Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau (HHRVB). “The versatility, staff, location, size and multi-faceted halls and arenas make it an ideal event venue. Everyone involved with selling and managing the facility is enthusiastic about the planned improvements and what it will mean for the future of the complex.”
Scheduled improvements to the FSC include: creation of the Crossroads Meeting Room and The Keystone Conference Center, addition of a retractable divider wall in the PA Preferred Banquet Hall, refurbishing the Maclay Street entrance, replacing and upgrading seating in the Large Arena, updated technology infrastructures, new sound systems and wireless internet, and additional parking near Cameron Street entrance.
According to Altland, the FSC is also nearing completion of $3.5 million energy and utility cost reduction project that included modernizing over 7,900 light fixtures, replacing toilet and urinal flush valves to reduce water usage, and a 119-Kilowat Photovoltaic solar system that will be installed in October 2010. A wind turbine installed in 2008 has been generating electricity for the FSC.
As part of the Going Green program, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission has installed a 20,000-gallon water storage tank to capture rainwater from the roof of the Equine Arena that will be used for washing the floors and controlling dust in the arenas.