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Vegas Convention Center's Nearly $1B Expansion

Wed February 13, 2019 - West Edition #4
Lori Tobias – CEG CorrespondEnt


Equipment currently utilized on site to construct the steel and concrete structural frame of the new building includes three deep foundation drilling rigs; three conventional lattice boom cranes; two to three large front-end loaders; and two to three large excavators.
Equipment currently utilized on site to construct the steel and concrete structural frame of the new building includes three deep foundation drilling rigs; three conventional lattice boom cranes; two to three large front-end loaders; and two to three large excavators.
Equipment currently utilized on site to construct the steel and concrete structural frame of the new building includes three deep foundation drilling rigs; three conventional lattice boom cranes; two to three large front-end loaders; and two to three large excavators. Work is progressing quickly on Phase Two of the Las Vegas Convention Center expansion project, a $935 million project designed to add 1.4 million sq. ft. to the current convention center facility, including at least 600,000 sq. ft. of new, leasable exhibit space. A third phase of the Las Vegas Convention Center expansion, yet to get under way, will completely renovate the existing 3.2 million-sq.-ft. facility.
The first phase of the Las Vegas Convention Center expansion — the acquisition and demolition of the Riviera Hotel & Casino — was completed earlier.
The expansion blends iconic design with cutting-edge technology to create contemporary meeting and working spaces designed to be adaptable to both the way people work and experience trade shows and conventions and how they may do so in the future.
Phase Three is slated for completion in 2023. When both phases are complete, the total square footage of the Las Vegas Convention Center District will be 5.2 million sq. ft.

Work is progressing quickly on Phase Two of the Las Vegas Convention Center expansion project, a $935 million project designed to add 1.4 million sq. ft. to the current convention center facility, including at least 600,000 sq. ft. of new, leasable exhibit space.

The expansion blends iconic design with cutting-edge technology to create contemporary meeting and working spaces designed to be adaptable to both the way people work and experience trade shows and conventions and how they may do so in the future.

"This is an incredibly important and exciting time, not just for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, but for the entire destination," said Steve Hill, LVCVA chief executive officer. "... we're delighted to join a boom in development that's on a scale that we haven't seen in more than a decade. We've been the No. 1 trade show destination in North America for 24 consecutive years, but we must continue to be innovative and upgrade our offerings if we're going to maintain that top spot. This expansion and renovation is our commitment to our clients and our community to foster growth and continue to deliver the excellent service and amenities that have made Las Vegas the world's premier destination."

The first phase, the acquisition and demolition of the Riviera Hotel & Casino was completed earlier. A third phase, yet to get under way, will completely renovate the existing 3.2 million-sq.-ft. facility.

The project is located about three miles north of downtown Las Vegas, bordered by Paradise Road and the Las Vegas Boulevard to the east and west and Elvis Presley Boulevard and Convention Center Drive to the north and south.

LVCVA has partnered with the California-based Cordell Corporation to manage the development of the project, which is expected to support nearly 14,000 construction jobs and more than 7,800 full-time permanent jobs upon completion. The project will generate an additional $2.1 billion in economic activity during construction and upon completion will have an annual incremental economic impact of $810 million while attracting more than 600,000 additional visitors each year.

"Construction began in late September, and we're pursuing an aggressive timeline in order to welcome CES [Consumer Electronics Show] in 2021," said Terry Miller, owner of Cordell Corp.

Work is progressing quickly on Phase Two of the Las Vegas Convention Center expansion project, a $935 million project designed to add 1.4 million sq. ft. to the current convention center facility, including at least 600,000 sq. ft. of new, leasable exhibit space.

Equipment currently utilized on site to construct the steel and concrete structural frame of the new building includes three deep foundation drilling rigs; three conventional lattice boom cranes; two to three large front-end loaders; and two to three large excavators.

Miller described the expansion as blending iconic design with cutting-edge technology to create contemporary meeting and working spaces designed to be adaptable to both the way people work and experience trade shows and conventions and how they may do so in the future.

"The exterior has been designed with a ‘ribbon' feature along the roof that will help in not only creating a cohesive design aesthetic across the entire property, but also will serve as a way-finding feature that will outline the entire facility and highlight the building's main entrances," Miller said.

"Our design team for this project, tvsdesign / Design Las Vegas, put a lot of thought into creating a building that would be iconic to Las Vegas. They've done an admirable job of striking a balance between nodding to the very unique architecture in the city's history while creating a design fit for one of the world's premier convention facilities, located in an incredibly dynamic, ever-evolving city."

The additional 1.4 million sq. ft. will house a minimum of 600,000 sq. ft. of new, leasable exhibit space, as well as a variety of meeting rooms, a grand entrance lobby with two-story atrium, a food hall, an outdoor terrace overlooking the Las Vegas Strip, a state-of-the-art kitchen for food and beverage service and back-of-the-house operations spaces.

Phase Three is slated for completion in 2023. When both phases are complete, the total square footage of the Las Vegas Convention Center District will be 5.2 million sq. ft., Miller said. CEG

Las Vegas By the Numbers, Courtesy of the LVCVA
  • Las Vegas hosts approximately 22,000 meetings, conventions and trade shows each year.
  • The destination boasts more than 11.5 million sq. ft. of meeting space in addition to a wide array of event, dining and entertainment venues that are also used for group business.
  • In 2018, Trade Show News Network recognized Las Vegas as the No. 1 trade show destination in the country for the 24th consecutive year.
  • The Las Vegas Convention Center supports 13,800 local jobs and $2.1 billion in local economic impact.