As featured in Midwest Meetings. 

Grand Wayne Convention Center — a premier Midwest meeting and convention facility located in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana — has announced the addition of CONVERG, a versatile, classroom-style suite of furniture designed to generate a more effective collaboration and productivity experience. CONVERG features a versatile, mobile system of individual seats with added desktop functionality and ergonomics paired with advanced presentation technology. Participants are intuitively encouraged to interact as a class or transition into smaller groups within seconds but without the traditional, staff-required room reset.

Grand Wayne Convention Center’s CONVERG offers innovative AV features including ceiling-mounted projection, 72-inch touchscreen interactive displays, multiple video sourcing, and convenient cup holder, under-seat storage, and fully adjustable desktop positioning. Meeting planners and presenters are encouraged to re-think and re-engage the function and design of the conventional classroom as more of a collaboration-oriented session.

“CONVERG is truly a collaboration experience,” explains Barton Shaw, executive director of Grand Wayne Convention Center. “By design, it sparks the core values of engagement, movement, connectivity, and collective creativity. Meetings are more versatile and productive, rather than the traditional static classroom set-ups.”



Grand Wayne Convention Center is located in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana, and boasts 225,000 square feet of meting, trade show and convention space, including a 50,000 square-foot, divisible exhibition hall, 18 meeting rooms, state of the art AV, on-site event management and sales, a 12,000 square foot kitchen with on-site chef and staff to serve up to 3,100 banquet guests. The center received the Hoosier Hospitality Award in 2011 and is recognized as one of the premier event facilities in the Midwest. Grand Wayne Convention Center celebrates its 30th year of event management in January 2015.

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Fun Facts
  • Luxurious 30,000 square feet of pre-function space with polished terrazzo floors.

  • With an 85% increase in Ladies facilities, our 122 restroom stalls mean significantly reduced waiting time!

  • Never miss sharing a moment with our high performance WiFi and land-based hookup.

  • Wow guests with meals prepared in the 12,000 square foot gourmet, professional kitchen.

  • Set the tone with our “intelligent” lighting capabilities, able to brighten (or darken) any event.

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