801 Front Avenue
Tel: (706) 327-4522
Fax: (706) 327-0162
Welcome to the Columbus, Georgia Convention and Trade Center!
The Columbus, Georgia Convention and Trade Center is located in the Historic Columbus Iron Works. Painstakingly restored to its Civil War splendor, the Iron Works is a unique setting for your next meeting or conference. Situated on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, the Trade Center is a local landmark of the downtown area and is located conveniently to first-class sleeping accommodations, restaurants and entertainment facilities.
The Center offers:
• Flexible facilities
• Superb Customer Service
• Fine Dining
• State-of-the-Art A/V and other Support Services
After providing the convention and meeting needs of the community for twenty-five years, the building underwent a major renovation and expansion which was completed in 2004. The facility has over 200,000 square feet of floor space. There are three exhibit halls on the ground level that can be used individually or combined. There is also a 22,000 square foot Columbus Iron Works Ballroom, the Dining Gallery, The Foundry, and the Sycamore Room, each with its own unique charm. All spaces provide the most modern lighting and audio-visual systems. Loading dock facilities allow an easy entrance to the exhibit halls for booth setups. Ramps and elevators also make the Trade Center accessible to persons with disabilities. Sheltered access is provided to both levels of the facility from a 426 car, multilevel garage. Ground level parking lots are also located around the complex perimeter.
The Columbus Iron Works was located on the banks of the Chattahoochee River in the Columbus Historic District. Organized in 1853, it was built near the steamboat landing in the heart of the growing community. Today the buildings are a local landmark in the downtown area and houses the Columbus, Georgia Convention and Trade Center. Nearby are first-class sleeping accommodations, restaurants, and entertainment facilities.
The Columbus Iron Works produced a variety of equipment on this site for over a century. Aside from farming implements and mechanical gears used by local textile businesses, it produced firearms for the Confederacy during the Civil War. It also produced machinery to drive at least fourteen naval vessels in the Confederate fleet.
In the early 1970's the company had substantially outgrown the old buildings and moved to new facilities on the outskirts of town. In 1975 the City of Columbus became involved with the buildings. Plans were formulated for a downtown convention center and this building has potential to serve in that capacity. Through a careful blending of the old and new, the Columbus, Georgia Convention and Trade Center was created.
The massive structures of the Iron Works appear little changed from the last century. The old brick walls, huge timbers and exposed ceilings, representing the best of 19th century craftsmanship, create an ambience unknown to modern construction.
The building has over 77,000 square feet of floor space. It has two exhibit areas; the North Hall has 15, 470 square feet and the South Hall has 31,126 square feet. The two halls run parallel with a 64 seat amphitheater between them.
Fourteen meeting rooms satisfy a variety of needs, seating as many as 500, or as few as 20. All spaces provide the most modern lighting, and staging equipment are also available. A dining gallery with a banquet seating capacity of up to 400 people overlooks the Chattahoochee River. A caterer employed by the Trade Center will meet all dining needs in the kitchen that is located below the dining room. There is also a concession area available for trade shows, located between the exhibit halls.
Loading dock facilities allow an easy entrance to the exhibit halls for booth setups. Ramps and elevators also make the Trade Center accessible to persons with disabilities.
Sheltered access is provided to both levels of the complex from a 426 car, multi-level garage. In addition to the garage, ground level parking lots are located around the complex perimeter.
Food and Beverage Operations
The Columbus, Georgia Convention and Trade Center has partnered with the Aramark Corporation to serve as the exclusive in-house caterer. Aramark is able to suit your needs, whether your desire is a box lunch picnic on the lawn to a complete sit-down dinner with white linen table service. The menu possibilities are limited only by the imagination.
Aramark will cater your every need and make your next gathering not only the best you ever had, but the easiest! Our menu packet includes menu selections and suggestions, but, if you prefer, our award-winning Catering Department is always willing to plan and create a menu uniquely designed especially for your event.