About Exhibition Center
A One-Of-A-Kind Hillside Design
Discover the unique features of the Fox Cities Exhibition Center (FCEC), making it stand out not just in Appleton but throughout Wisconsin. This top-tier event center showcases distinctive elements that redefine the concept of gathering spaces.
Building the Exhibition Center into a Hill
The most unique feature is the way the exhibition center, with its concrete floor and ability to be divided into three separate spaces, was built into the side of a hill at Jones Park. This posed a challenge as crews had to remove 76,000 cubic yards of dirt.
Making the Event Venue Accessible to Jones Park
The FCEC building is accessible from the street and from Jones Park to allow for multiple uses and revenue potential. The park includes a concert space and green area, which creates a unique ambiance in the building when the windows are opened.
Maximizing Versatility with Three Spaces
The building design allows for multiple uses. The FCEC space has a poured concrete floor, as well as three dividers. It can be used as one big event space or as three separate spaces. To one side of the main event venue is a pre-function space, shown below. Designed with higher-end finishes, this is used for breakout sessions or vendor booths. There are also two conference rooms, at street-level, available for event space rental.
Showcasing Appleton & the Fox Cities
To reflect the rich history of the Fox Cities, the architect integrated themes of paper, forests, rivers, and the park into the exhibition center's design. These concepts are visible throughout the building, such as in the pre-function event space where the carpet subtly resembles logs, capturing the essence of paper and forests. A significant tribute to Appleton's history is the spire running vertically through the entire building.
Frequently Asked Questions
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- What makes the Fox Cities Exhibition Center unique in terms of its design?Uniquely constructed into the side of a hill at Jones Park, allowing for a rooftop plaza. The design incorporated the removal of 76,000 cubic yards of dirt to create a versatile space with a concrete floor that can be divided into three separate areas.
- How is the FCEC connected to its surroundings in Appleton?The FCEC is centrally located in downtown Appleton, connected to the Hilton Appleton Paper Valley and adjacent to Jones Park. Its prime location ensures convenient access to local attractions, dining, and entertainment.