The building itself is fantastic for hosting a conference and is LEED Gold certified, but the major drawback to this venue is its location. There is practically zero greenspace within a half hour walk and the scenery is mostly cement and industrial waterfront which appears to be oil storage containers. There are a few restaurants in walking distance, but the blocks are deceptively longer than they appear on the map so be prepared for 10+minutes to get to most of the nearby restaurants. There are a handful next to the conference center which are tasty. The hotel options in the area are limited, 5+ minute walk for the closest and at the time of writing this are in need of refreshing of their interiors for the rooms. There is a bike rental not too far of a walk, but it is not next to the center which would make getting around much easier.