The National Conference Center (NCC) is a corporate training facility in Northern Virginia. It is one of the largest training facilities in the region, hosting over 14,000 individuals a year for various training programs. It consists of several connected buildings and unconnected auxiliary facilities.
It was built by Xerox
in 1974 under the name of Xerox Document University (also known as the Xerox Conference Center) to train employees in copier technology and equipment. In 1994 Xerox opened the facilities to other corporations, and sold it to Oxford Capital Partners in 2000 as part of an exit from the hospitality
industry. Since its opening in 1974, it has been run by ARAMARK Harrison Lodging
, a management services company.
Following a $29 million dollar renovation, it was reopened in 2002 to service a wide range of corporate training needs. The center is composed of several buildings which are color coded. A network of underground tunnels connect the main buildings and attached West Belmont Ballroom, constructed in 2007. Also, outlying buildings surround the center, including a athletic center with outdoor pool and several walking trails in the surrounding woods.
Among its of facilities are the ballroom, a athletic facility, 250 conference rooms, and 917 guest rooms. These facilities were converted from Xerox's dormitory style accommodations, which included shared bathrooms. Interestingly, the center retains the confusing navigational layout of the Xerox era, which was allegedly intended to encourage team building among participants. Also, the distinctive brutalist
architecture has been retained, despite extensive renovations.