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Orange County Convention Center

GBAC STARFacility Accreditation



  • Facilitation of accreditation requirements
  • Coordination with varied onsite teams
  • Communication with the certifying organization
  • Research and documentation

Early in 2020, the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) had been closed for more than a month to mitigate COVID-19 pandemic risks. The leadership at OCCC determined that the “deep cleaning” that other facilities promoted would not be sufficient for the nation’s 2nd largest convention center. They resolved that OCCC would provide and obtain certification for comprehensive infectious disease prevention and optimal health protection to the public and convention center staff.

The Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) has established a gold standard for preparing facilities to reopen, GBAC STAR Accreditation. This accreditation establishes an infectious disease prevention program, surpassing one-time cleaning efforts. The program’s hospital-proven disinfection techniques enhanced cleaning, and disease prevention and response strategies would minimize biohazards at the OCCC.

ecoPreserve provided technical guidance and lead the certification effort. Within one month, all 20 elements were submitted to the GBAC Review Committee along with detailed documented evidence.

Even during the pandemic, adherence to GBAC STAR protocols has enabled the facility to hold a monthly average of five convention events. In 2020 and 2021, the OCCC also hosted Orange County’s first COVID-19 vaccinations as ongoing testing continued.