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Between Roof-Top Terrace and Boiler Room

The Austria Center Vienna (ACV) will be the venue of the 2008 IWA World Water Congress. Once Bruno Kreisky’s “unwanted child”, it now is one of the world’s premier event locations

Apart from being Austria’s largest conference centre, the Austria Center Vienna (ACV) is also one of the world’s premier modern meeting venues and as such the perfect location for hosting international congresses, trade shows, corporate meetings, and cultural events.

The Austria Center Vienna was primarily initiated by the former Austrian Federal Chancellor Bruno Kreisky (* 22 January 1911, † 29 July 1990) during his term of office (1970–1983); he firmly pursued this project even though the outcome of a public referendum was clearly negative.

In 1971, the Federal Government and the Vienna City Council finally decided to establish a limited company entrusted with the planning, construction, maintenance, administration and financing of the Vienna International Centre (VIC), today the third United Nations’ headquarters, and the ACV. Since the completion of the Austria Center Vienna in 1986, this company has been responsible for all matters related to the operation of the conference centre opening its gates in May 1987.

With an enclosed volume of about 500,000 m3 and a net floor area of about 90,000 m2, the building accommodates 14 lecture rooms extending over a total surface area of 9,400 m2. Seats are arranged in rows, ranging between 100 and 4,200. The majority of rooms can be partitioned or combined into larger units.

In addition to the aforementioned halls, some 170 ancillary rooms (offices, meeting rooms, lounges, VIP suites) with a total space of more than 6,000 m2 are available; not forgetting the three purpose-built exhibition halls (total space exceeding 9,000 m2), which are specially suited for trade shows held in conjunction with conferences.

It goes without saying that the Austria Center Vienna is equipped with state-of-the-art conference technology. This includes internet connection with varying bandwidths, wireless LAN, a high-end sound system, facilities for simultaneous translation, and top-notch lighting equipment suited to support all types of events.

What was “dernier cri” in the mid-1980s naturally had to be adjusted to meet 21st-century challenges. This “facelift” was carried out in various steps over the past few years. For instance, the heavy wooden panels in the lobby and the foyers gave way to bright white walls displaying countless pieces of contemporary art. Airy reception and registration counters and inviting foyer bars were added. Meeting a novel catering concept, the traditional restaurant was replaced with flexible F&B units which can be installed wherever required in the building.

For the new networked multimedia signage system, which makes it easier for visitors to find their way around, as many as 100 plasma screens were installed throughout the building. Another unusual and innovative feature are two event locations, the underground A/C Boiler Room and the airy roof-top terrace, large enough to accommodate up to 500 visitors during after-congress parties and the like.

The Austria Center Vienna also boasts an exemplary transport infrastructure. It is only 25 minutes from the Vienna Airport (Schwechat) and a 15 minutes’ drive away from the city centre. Travel time is even less if visitors to the ACV choose to take the underground, with an underground station virtually on the doorstep. What adds to the ACV’s popularity as a conference venue with national and international organisers is its excellent access to hotels and the wide range of leisure facilities in its vicinity. Vienna waits for you!
(Source: aqua press Int. 2/2006)

Austria Center Vienna (ACV)
Bruno-Kreisky-Platz 1
A-1220 Vienna
Phone: +43/1/260 69-0

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