The Salem Convention Center is a full city block of structural concrete in downtown Salem. The 102,000 square foot footprint consists of one level of below grade parking with a post-tensioned concrete slab above. The West half of the block is a three-story conference center with the East side being a hotel. 40-foot high, 32-inch thick, architectural concrete shear walls rise from the ground floor PT slab to the third floor above. The schedule was aggressive as the City of Salem planned a New Years Eve gala at the center to ring in 2005.