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The National Conference Center
The National
The National's logo and aerial view
Former namesXerox International Center for Training and Management Development (XICTMD)[1]
Xerox Document University[2]
LocationLeesburg, Virginia
Coordinates39°05′37″N 77°29′03″W / 39.09357°N 77.48428°W / 39.09357; -77.48428Coordinates: 39°05′37″N 77°29′03″W / 39.09357°N 77.48428°W / 39.09357; -77.48428
OwnerNCC PS Enterprises, LLC
TypeConference Center
Construction cost$55,000,000 (1974 dollars); $244,078,400 (2008 dollars)[1][3]

The National Conference Center (The National) is a corporate training facility in Leesburg, Virginia. It hosts over 14,000 individuals per month and comprises 265,000 square feet (24,600 m2) of meeting space, one of the largest in the region.[4] The center contains 250 conference rooms, an athletic facility, and 917 guest rooms.

The building was built in 1974 as the Xerox Conference Center at a cost of $55 million. It was designed to assist in copier and technology training for company employees. It was designed by Vincent G. Kling & Partners, and is currently managed by NCC EE, LLC. In 1994 Xerox permitted outside organizations to use the grounds. The center was sold to Oxford Capital Partners in 2000. Two years later, the Center completed a $29 million renovation, in order to ameliorate its training operations. The current design implements "living learning modules", a series of color-coded buildings; underground tunnels; a ballroom; and walking trails.[1]


The Center was built by Xerox in 1974 under the name of Xerox International Center for Training and Management Development. It was later changed to Xerox Document University when an additional building was added [5] [4][6] 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.[6] In part this exit was due to a continuous under-capacity in event bookings, despite such events as the National Veterans Golden Age Games being hosted at the site.[7][8] From its opening in 1974 until May 2014, it was run by ARAMARK Harrison Lodging, a management services company.[9]In May 2014, NCC EE, LLC became the new management services group.


Following a $29 million renovation, it was reopened in 2002 to service a wide range of corporate training needs.[2] The Center is composed of several buildings which are color-coded (blue, purple, red, orange, and yellow) into "living-learning modules".[1] A network of underground tunnels connect the main buildings and attached West Belmont Ballroom, constructed in 2007.[10]


Interior view of walkways at the National Conference Center.

The Center was originally situated on 2,265 acres (9.17 km2) of land in Leesburg, Virginia.[1] Through subsequent sales and subdivisions, the current complex sits on 66.8 acres (0.270 km2) of the original land.[7] Among its 265,000 square feet (24,600 m2) of meeting space are the 16,500 square feet (1,530 m2) ballroom, an 5,000 square feet (460 m2) athletic facility and 250 conference rooms.[11] The remainder of the nearly 1,200,000 square feet (110,000 m2) of the facility include 917 guest rooms (up from 863 rooms in the original facility) and common areas.[7][12] These facilities were converted from Xerox's dormitory style accommodations, which included shared bathrooms. The Center retained the confusing navigational layout of the Xerox era, which was allegedly intended to encourage team building among participants.[6] The distinctive brutalist architecture was also retained, despite extensive renovations.


  1. ^ a b c d e Von Eckardt, Wolf (1975-02-08). "Raising a Cheer for Old Xerox U." (Fee required). ProQuest Historical Newspapers Database. The Washington Post Company. p. D1. Retrieved 2008-10-15.
  2. ^ a b "The National Conference Center at Lansdowne: A New Name and $29 Million In Improvements for Mid-Atlantic Region's Premier Meeting Place". PR Newswire. 2002-01-17. Retrieved 2017-03-09.
  3. ^ "CPI Inflation Calculator". Bureau of Labor Statistics. September 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-31.
  4. ^ a b "Loudoun Community Events Week". Washington Post. 2005-11-17. Retrieved 2008-08-04.
  5. ^ "The History of Xerox Document University Training and Conference Center". Hotel Online. Retrieved 2015-08-24.
  6. ^ a b c Marr, Kendra (2008-01-14). "Conference Center in Va. Tries to Cast A Wider Net". Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-08-04.
  7. ^ a b c Schafer, Sarah (1999-02-11). "Xerox to Sell Leesburg Campus" (Fee required). ProQuest Newspapers Database. Leesburg, Virginia: The Washington Post Company. p. V.01. Retrieved 2008-10-15.
  8. ^ "Loudoun in Brief" (Fee required). ProQuest Newspapers Database. Washington, D.C.: The Washington Post Company. 2000-07-09. p. V.04. Retrieved 2008-10-15.
  9. ^ "Management Services". Aramark. Retrieved 2008-08-04.
  10. ^ Biggs, Alicia (2007-12-10). "Region's Largest Conference Center To Open In Lansdowne". Leesburg Today. Retrieved 2008-08-04.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "International Association of Conference Centers – North America". IACC. Retrieved 2008-08-04.
  12. ^ "The National Conference Center". NCC. Retrieved 2008-08-04.

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