The Atrium is the newest venue in the Lake Houston area and is booking events now.

The East Montgomery County Improvement District Complex in New Caney, home to EMCID, the Greater East Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce and others, is transitioning into The Atrium Center, an event venue specializing in meetings and conferences, weddings, anniversary celebrations, birthday parties and community events.

Like many other organizations and businesses, being shut down during the pandemic gave EMCID time to reflect on the building’s purpose moving forward and refocus efforts to actively recruit organizations, businesses, and private citizens to reserve the spaces for their events.

“For 20 years, the EMCID complex has served as mainly office space for us and others and has hosted many luncheons, weekend events, and community meetings,” said Frank McCrady, president/CEO.

“While our building has been closed to the public for the last year, we’ve had time to assess the building, and we’re currently making repairs and improvements to the facility. We feel now is the time to reintroduce our venue to the public with a new emphasis on hosting events.”

The new name — The Atrium Center — is appropriate for the building, considering the main feature is the large atrium with 20-foot windows overlooking the pond and fountains. In all, the venue includes about 15,000 square feet of leasable space, plus outdoor areas. Improvements to the venue will include new carpet and event space furnishings, abstract paintings by local artists to enhance the building’s contemporary style and an enlarged usable outdoor space by the pond and fountains.

The shift from office building to event venue was also made possible with the hiring of Ryan Bonifas, director of venue and events. Bonifas has more than 15 years of experience in venue and event management, most notably at Fair Park in Dallas and Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth. He has produced and managed festivals, concerts, consumer shows, meetings and conventions with up to 50,000 people in attendance.

“The Atrium Center is a beautiful, contemporary venue and the modest enhancements we’re making now will make it a highly sought-after place for private events and even businesses that want to hold training courses or after hours retreats for their employees,” he said. “I love this venue. The more time I spend here, the more I enjoy it. The Atrium Center has a lot of flexibility and can provide guests a great experience and clients the ability to host multiple sessions or events simultaneously.”

The Atrium Center is currently booking events for 2022 and is taking smaller events on a case-by-case basis this fall when repairs and improvements to the building will be completed. The venue will still house the offices of EMCID, the chamber and the Montgomery County Constables detectives. For more information about the Atrium Center, go to AtriumCenterTX.com or call 281- 354-5020.

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