HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 16, 2019 – High Point University President Nido Qubein announced an under-contract location and formal plans for the Congdon Events Center that is part of the city of High Point’s downtown revitalization.
New plans for the events center are much larger than expected and include the construction of a new 25,000-square-foot facility that will connect to existing historic facilities called The Factory and Plant Seven, both of which are under contract and located at the corner of English Road and Elm Street.
“We have taken the original plans from a single use, large ballroom and expanded them into a large ballroom that extends into a 100,000-square-foot multipurpose facility,” says Qubein. “It will provide incredible opportunity, efficiencies and productivity to groups inside and outside the city. It exceeds the scale of our original vision and can host concurrent events, large expositions and a multiplicity of applications.”
The project costs approximately $20 million and is financed by the Earl and Kathryn Congdon Family Foundation. It will be operated by the High Point Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
The architecture and design of the Congdon Events Center will be congruent with The Factory, Plant Seven and the stadium.
“We have created a facility that has romance and utility, as well as efficiency and effectiveness, all at the same time,” says Qubein. “I’m also excited it’s going to be located next to the stadium area. I see potential connectivity between the Congdon Events Center, expositions, showrooms and more using the stadium also as an outdoor facility for events. They meet over here, have an event over there, go to a game and so on. Our city will see in the next two to three years a truly developed and energized downtown High Point.”
This announcement served as a follow-up to the keynote address Qubein gave in May 2017 at the High Point Convention and Visitor Bureau’s Annual Meeting. During that meeting, Qubein accepted a request from Forward High Point to lead the acquisition of a baseball team and the naming rights of the proposed downtown stadium. But he furthered his commitment by announcing, on his own volition, that he would raise millions in private donations for catalyst projects that would surround the stadium area. The total philanthropic investment has reached $63 million.
“There are many other ideas developing for downtown High Point,” says Qubein. “We continue to study and dissect plans and have always been willing to go forth and make things happen. I think that speaks phenomenally about the art of the possible in the city of High Point.”