138 139 V ision I nsight S ervice T eamwork A ttitude Vista Convention Services is a premier provider of exposition products and services headquartered minutes from Atlantic City, NJ. With additional offices in Philadelphia, PA and Miami, FL we have the capabilities and management expertise to organize trade shows anywhere in the United States. Our “single contact” approach lets Vista provide that personalized service so rare in the industry today! Egg Harbor Township, NJ (609) 485-2421 Philadelphia, PA (215) 418-2015 Miami, FL (305) 673-1123 THE ATLANTIC CITY CONVENTION CENTER as youmight see in other buildings.” General Manager,DeanDennis,re- ports that theACCChas recentlymade some physical upgrades to the Center and is planning onmore.“We spent a million dollars,in cooperationwith our CRDAfunders,into our technology,our Wi-FI,redoing our restrooms,buying newchairs and tables,various conces- sion carts,newstanchions–all those things that help a 20-year-old building and things that our clients are looking for.We have great meeting space,and we are looking to upgrade that with someway-finding signage on digital screens.This buildingwas built without a ballroom,sowe have part of our Ex- hibit Hall Athat we carpeted andwe use it,somewhat, as a ballroom.But we’re really looking to upgrade that fully intomore of a banquet-type facility,so that it is more conducive to those kinds of social functions that manyof our groups need.The last piece is to upgrade everything to LED lighting,both in the exhibit halls and themeeting rooms,so that we have fully integrat- ed LED lighting systems for the building.” TheACCChas alsomade a commitment to sustain- abilityand green practices.“The building,at one point, had the largest rooftop solar arrayof anybuilding in the United States; that was sixor seven years ago,”says Musich.“There are 13,486 solar panels on the roof that power about 29 percent of the building’s electricity consumption.It’s part of the culture of NewJersey to be more progressive about renewable energy.” “Several years ago,we looked at howclosewe are to being LEED-Silver Certified,”Dennis adds.“There are a couple of things we’remissing that we’reworking on, right now.One is the renovation of our restrooms and, in doing that,the low-flowtoilets,faucets,and urinals are really important parts of the overall environmental piece.Some of the other things that we do: we run about a seven percent waste diversion rate; we recycle