International Summits

To produce its first international summit, the Obama Administration selected Hargrove in the fall of 2009 after a competitive bidding process that concluded only a few months before the event. The Hargrove team was tasked with the design, production, fabrication, project management and freight handling for the Pittsburgh Summit at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

The highlight of the project’s extensive scope was the complete build-out of the upper exhibit hall level, which featured:

  • 18,000 square foot Plenary Room with multi-paneled 30-foot walls
  • custom plenary table to seat 55 global leaders
  • custom dining areas for the global leaders, sherpas and finance ministers

Hargrove also created:

  • 36 hard-wall delegation offices
  • multiple lounge areas
  • almost 112,000 square feet of graphics and signage
  • Primary Briefing Area and International Media Center to accommodate the thousands of media in attendance
  • 9 Bilateral Rooms and 9 Briefing Rooms

In addition, Hargrove produced an opening reception and working dinner at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and spouse luncheon at the Andy Warhol Museum.

Given the decades of experience Hargrove has producing large-scale, high-profile meetings in a short time period, Hargrove was selected to produce the Nuclear Security Summit in April of 2010 in Washington, DC, and a series of Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in 2011.

The Coex Convention and Exhibition Center in Seoul, Korea was so impressed with Hargrove’s work during the Nuclear Security Summit that they brought the Hargrove team to Korea to advise the building management and host committee about best practices and recommendations for the G20 Summit that they hosted later that year.

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