Arthur Andersen LLP purchased the original facilities and grounds of Q Center® in 1970 from the Adrian Dominican Sisters, who operated St. Dominic College on the property from 1963 to 1969. Shortly after purchasing the property, Arthur Andersen LLP began using Q Center to train accountants and business consultants for its worldwide practice.
In the mid-1970's ballrooms and sleeping rooms were added to accommodate our growing training needs. Major construction projects began in 1986—including the addition of two multi-tiered amphitheaters, two additional large-capacity ballrooms, 65 meeting rooms of various sizes, a dining room including a rotunda atrium, and more than 800 guest rooms.
Arthur Andersen LLP continued to use the facility as its home for training and culture building until 2002, when it closed its accounting and business consulting operations. Q Center continued, maintaining the same type of venue for international consulting firm, Accenture. We sharpened our focus on becoming the industry's top experts offering the premier meeting and learning environment for businesses and associations. We also initiated major renovations to guest rooms and meeting areas, concluding in 2009 with the renovation of more than 600 guest rooms built during the 1980's construction projects.
Today, Q Center offers 150,000 square feet of meeting and event space, 1,042 guest rooms, and dining and entertainment all situated on 95 tranquil acres. And we continue to improve our facilities, making our rooms and meeting areas more comfortable and employing the latest technologies to enhance the learning experience. Built on a foundation of education and corporate training, and the industry's best service, we're proud to offer the Midwest's premier meeting and events experiences.