Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) completed its second full year of operations as a public facilities district (PFD) in December 2012. The PFD is responsible for the management, operations, capital improvements and financial success of the organization. This change in governance greatly increases the ability of WSCC to better manage its activities and be the economic catalyst it was designed to be at its inception more than twenty-five years ago.
As the economy made a steady recovery in 2012, the convention and trade show industry also continued to gain strength. Increased event activity, larger attendance at events, higher overall convention spending and excellent expense management by staff helped WSCC to again generate positive economic benefits. A summary of these results can be found at the "Overview of Annual Report, Fiscal Year End December 31, 2012" link below.
WSCC is currently in the second year of a three-year, $21 million capital plan to keep the facility in first-class condition. New carpeting, paint and wall treatments were added in 2011. 2012 improvements included planning and permitting for remodeled restrooms, new digital signage, improved wayfinding throughout the building, and exterior enhancements will include streetscape redesign and an improved pedestrian experience along Pike Street and 8th Avenue. These upgrades are important to ensure our facility continues to exceed the expectations and experiences of our customers, both inside and outside WSCC, and are expected to be completed in 2013 and early 2014.
Our industry increasingly values green businesses, and WSCC continues to be a leader in conservation and sustainable meetings. Our efforts include making compostable food service items standard, providing recycling and composting stations throughout the facility and installing efficient lighting and plumbing fixtures. 2012 was no exception, with an annual waste diversion rate of 70.28%.
As we look ahead, we believe that the improving economy, our incomparable service, significant upgrades to the facility, smart fiscal management, and the beauty of Seattle as a destination positions WSCC well in 2013 and beyond.
Jeffrey A. Blosser
President and Chief Executive Officer