• MAPS 3 Oklahoma City Convention Center Brand Unveiled

     
    POSTED October 16, 2019
     

Oklahoma City officials recently unveiled the MAPS 3 Oklahoma City Convention Center’s new brand featuring a colorful, high-energy logo.

“Everyone has seen the rise of the MAPS 3 Oklahoma City Convention Center on the east side of Scissortail Park, and its completion will be another MAPS game-changer for our City,” says Mayor David Holt. “Today’s logo unveiling is another milestone on that path.”

The bright colors and sharp edges of the new logo are a nod to the contemporary design of the building’s architecture. Expected to open in late 2020, the modern complex will replace Oklahoma City’s current aging convention center.

“I love watching this city evolve and grow, and I’m beyond honored that my team had the opportunity to be a part of this,” says Sonni Adams, creative director for Freestyle Creative, which designed the brand.

With a total project budget of $288 million, MAPS 3 Oklahoma City Convention Center will occupy 500,000 square feet boasting sweeping views of the city’s skyline. The exhibit hall will be 200,000 square feet located on ground level equipped with operable walls to divide the hall in up to four smaller spaces. In total, 45,000 square feet of meeting space will be available on all levels of the building with operable walls able to configure up to 27 individual meeting spaces.

A 30,000-square-foot ballroom will be all the hype on the property’s fourth floor with 10,000 square feet of pre-function space and a 4,000-square-foot balcony. Outside the doors of the convention center will flourish with native plants and trees with a focus on sustainability. The exterior’s central plaza will allow visitors to enjoy the venue’s tremendous landscaping in an inviting and functional outdoor space.

Meetings and events will be supported with a new parking garage and the neighboring Omni Oklahoma City Hotel, both currently under construction.

A prime site for conventions, trade shows and exhibitions, the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) recognizes that it has a unique opportunity to impact the lives of millions of guests and community members that step through its doors every year. That’s why the center has recently collected and donated 14.1 tons of remaining event items and 12 tons of carpet to various Los Angeles-based nonprofit organizations, in alignment with their commitment to zero-waste initiatives.

 

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