In nearly two years, a renovation project for the Monterey Conference Center will reportedly conclude, leaving the building in a better position to host visitors. This construction work, which began last month, will also see the building reach LEED certification standards, as well as being ADA compliant for better access. According to the official project website, the center will be able to host as many as 3,200 visitors.

While the grand reopening is scheduled for January 7, the ground floor is set to reopen late this coming summer. The center will account for more than 40,000 square feet, and the entire renovation, funded completely by local hotels and motels, will cost $50 million.

A conference center in Monterey is undergoing a new makeover.

Tammy Blount, the Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau President, said the new additions will add to Monterey’s value as a meeting site. Construction will include the entire interior, as well as a new glass doorway.

“Monterey’s scenic beauty and unique characteristics provide inspiration and enhance the desire of meeting planners to book their conferences in our extraordinary destination,” Blount said. “This renovation will provide the advanced facility sought by meeting planners to complement their memorable meeting and destination experience.”

The groundbreaking ceremony featured a celebration hosting members of the Monterey Public Works department as well as local dignitaries, as the Monterey Herald reports.

LEED status matters not just as a means of ensuring a low carbon footprint, but as a way to appeal to more businesses and employees. Companies can pursue green office solutions with a specific plan for sourcing local furniture.