Information provided by the Phoenix Convention Center.
Face coverings are required for all City of Phoenix and service providers employees while indoors regardless of vaccination status.
The Phoenix Convention Center’s (PCC) engages five strategies to ensure the safest conditions possible for events.
- Follow CDC recommendations for physical distancing.
- Follow CDC recommendations for personal protective measures.
- Remove touchpoints whenever possible.
- Engage in the process of constant cleaning and disinfection.
- Focus efforts on client communication and staff training.
PCC has installed permanent and temporary signage which reminds occupants to:
- Keep physical distance using:
- Printed and digital signs
- Floor appliques
- Encourage “right-hand travel” through doors and in circulation
- Direct participants to hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes, which are liberally dispersed in all public
- All doors will be held open to eliminate touchpoints.
- Restrooms have been modified to add additional barriers between occupants. All fixtures are touchless, including faucets, soap dispensers, and paper towel machines.
- Restrooms will be cleaned throughout the day based and disinfected nightly based on the event schedule.
- Water bottle refill stations are available and are touchless.
- Parking operations are fully automated, eliminating person-to-person
- All tables, chairs, and equipment will be cleaned, disinfected, and reset
Ventilation Response Plan for COVID-19
The Phoenix Convention Center Department (PCCD) adheres to all building codes and regulations related to HVAC operations. We incorporate industry best practices and infectious disease mitigation strategies to maintain a safe environment. PCCD meets, and in many cases exceeds, the building ventilation recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
- Filter Maintenance
PCCD utilizes “MERV” (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Values) rated filters in every PCCD facility. MERV ratings are established by ASHRAE, the leading authority on HVAC operations in the United States. Higher MERV ratings provide greater filtration by trapping smaller particles as the MERV rating increases. Filters are replaced based on measurements of differential pressure, which rise as the filter captures particles from the air. Differential Pressure is monitored by automated systems, which alert operators as filters approach the established threshold for replacement.
* PCCD final filters are considered hospital grade filters by the ASHRAE rating system
- Air Exchange
The PCCD closely monitors the air exchangers in each building to allow the maximum amount of outside air into the building. Mechanical Technicians at the PCCD are trained to consider several variables as outside air is brought into the building. These variables include external ambient temperatures, relative humidity, the large volume of interior cubic air space, and carbon dioxide (CO2) levels that are constantly monitored. The PCCD has adopted the ASHRAE best practice of maximizing the air exchange rate during periods of sanitizing and disinfecting. This approach creates a planned opportunity to reset the building with outside air as the interior spaces are cleaned and refreshed.