The prefunction space outside the hotel’s 9,000-square-foot ballroom is a case in point. Now called the Event Hub, Marriott has added flexible elements (modular seating, moveable partitions) as well as a residential-style kitchen, the LG Studio. Outfitted with LG-brand appliances (2 refrigerators, oven, and induction burners), the space can be used for education, teambuilding, small meetings, or to support receptions (up to 160 people) in the Event Hub. The area that used to be dedicated to meeting registration (now called Event Edge) has also been redesigned as a multi-use space and includes an 80-inch television. To get natural light into its City Center boardroom, the property had to break down a wall, says Wright, but the transformation didn’t stop there: Soft seating, a digital whiteboard, magnetic panels, 80-inch television, and a flexible table are also being tested by Marriott. If planners or participants like what they see, they can press the boardroom’s “beta button,” a feedback technology that allows users to signal their approval. Get the full story at MeetingsNet