• Drury Plaza Hotel Pittsburgh’s Event Space Revives Banking History

     
    FROM THE Winter 2018 ISSUE
     

    Right on the Money

  • Drury Plaza Hotel Pittsburgh’s Event Space Revives Banking History

     
    FROM THE Winter 2018 ISSUE
     

    Right on the Money

The meeting and event space at the Drury Plaza Hotel Pittsburgh Downtown is right on the money. Two of the property’s function rooms are a creative repurposing of vaults that once held coins, bills, bonds and other securities notes during the building’s former life as Pittsburgh’s Federal Reserve Bank until 2012. The Drury opened in December 2016 after a historic renovation, housing 207 guest rooms and four meeting rooms totaling more than 4,500 square feet including the two vault rooms, which can each host as many as 130 people.

Hefty steel doors fitted with an intricate locking system are still in place as the entryway to the Coin Vault and Main Vault function rooms, and a showcase window displays a cross section of the vault walls. “They’re 3 feet thick, and reinforced with bent iron and concrete,” says Kristen Oakes, the hotel’s area sales manager. The prefunction space outside of the rooms also features the security portal where bank employees would be screened before accessing the vault level. Several other remnants of the bank’s former operations were also maintained for character, including a guard booth that was converted into a valet station.

The hotel is Drury Hotels’ first property in Pennsylvania. The Missouri-based brand was awarded “Highest in Guest Satisfaction Among Upper Midscale Hotel Chains” in the J.D. Power 2017 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study. 

With so many people searching for niche, unique vacations, it can be difficult to find the perfect spot. However, if it’s rich history, a variety of event spaces, and a plethora of outdoor recreation activities you’re looking for, look no further than Altoona, Pennsylvania.

 

Highfive video conferencing is “a reimagined meeting room experience built for organizations with multiple offices and remote workers, partners and customers,” says Chris Heinemann, Highfive’s senior director of corporate marketing. 

Highfive’s premium service is equipped with a 4K HDR Dolby camera and a high-fidelity audio microphone powered by Dolby Voice. With a CPU built into the camera, setup is easy and requires customers to place the camera on top of the television or on a wall mount.  

 

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