During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland team, managed by ASM Global on behalf of the Cuyahoga County Convention Facilities Development Corporation (CCCFDC), has researched and implemented multiple protocols to provide a safe environment for guests, clients, and convention attendees when the building reopens at a later date.
This summer, the Huntington Convention Center earned Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation, APEX/ASTM Level 1 Certification, and LEED Gold (v4.1 O+M Existing Buildings). The facility has also implemented the ASM Global VenueShield program, a company-wide environmental hygiene protocol being utilized in more than 325 ASM Global-managed buildings worldwide.
Locally, the Huntington Convention Center team is partnering with Destination Cleveland in the Cleveland Clean Committed Program to follow best practices in cleaning and disinfecting, physical distancing, engineering controls, work force, and customer safe practices. The Huntington Convention Center is also a member of the Cleveland 2030 District, a public-private collaborative working to create a high-performance building district in downtown Cleveland with the goal of reducing the environmental impacts of building construction and operations.
Under the guidance of GBAC, a Division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, the Huntington Convention Center implemented stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention. To achieve GBAC STAR™ accreditation, the Huntington Convention Center complied with each of the program’s 20 core elements, which range from standard operating procedures and risk assessment strategies to personal protective equipment (PPE) and emergency preparedness and response measures.
The Huntington Convention Center is also APEX/ASTM Level 1 certified for meeting environmentally sustainable event standards set by ASTM International to increase sustainable practices across the events industry.