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May 22 2015

Check Out How Three Major Convention Centers Might Change

By David McMillin

As cities and states compete for coveted convention business, destinations are constantly aiming to improve their facilities and impress meeting planners. Here’s a look at three major destinations with some major plans for progress at their convention centers.


Image from LMN Architects

If you haven’t already added Seattle to your list of site visits, you’ll want to do it soon. The city is working with LMN Architects on a plan to add approximately 1.2 million square feet of space to the convention center, which would double its current size. The five-story building aims to connect a collection of neighborhoods in downtown Seattle. It’s expected to cost $1.4 billion, and if all moves forward as planned, construction will begin in 2017.

New Orleans

Plans are already in motion for a new linear park along Convention Center Blvd. in the Big Easy. Now, the city is moving toward plans that will add a new convention-quality headquarters hotel, residences and restaurants, too. While the project has not received full approval, Bob Johnson, New Orleans Convention Center General Manager, told
The New Orleans Advocate he hopes to sign a memorandum of understanding with two developers by the middle of the summer.

Los Angeles

Image of Gensler/Lehrer design rendering

Los Angeles has been looking to upgrade its convention center for a long time. This week, the city took a leap forward when three design firms submitted plans for the project. The above image is from Gensler/Lehrer, and the city is reviewing two alternative approaches from Populous/HMC Architects and AC Martin/LMN Architects. Click
here to see all the design possibilities.

Even without expansion plans, convention centers are evolving. Check out this article to learn about the biggest trends that are redefining convention space.

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