Las Vegas, Memphis Update Convention Center Plans

November 16, 2017

The new expansion and renovation project at the Las Vegas Convention center will be a joint effort of TSK Architects, Simpson Coulter Studio, Carpenter Sellers Del Gatto Architects and KME Architects, announced Tuesday by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) board.

The expansion includes a 600,000-square-foot exhibition hall within 1.4 million square feet of new space, and is expected to bring 14,000 construction jobs and 7,800 new permanent full-time jobs.

LVCVA expects the additional convention space will attract trade shows that usually locate at area hotels during midweek periods.

Promised to be completed in time for the 2021 CES trade show, the expansion will be followed by a renovation of the older center to be completed by 2023.  When finished, the 3.2 million square foot Las Vegas convention center will be second only to Chicago’s McCormick Place.

The financing of the convention center expansion and renovation was authorized in the same legislation that provided $750 million in public funds for the Las Vegas stadium project.

Memphis Cook Convention Center

Memphis city officials have set a 30 percent minimum diversity spending goal for the planned $100 million renovation and expansion of the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

Joann Massey, director of the city office of business diversity and compliance, suggested a 50 percent "aspirational goal" during an event called A Seat at the Table, that provided an overview of minority-business certification and coming changes to the convention center prior to the March 2018 bid letting.

The project will modernize and slightly expand the 43-year-old convention center. Renovation plans call for interior spaces to be opened with higher ceilings and skylights, and a cantilevered glass and steel structure overlooking Main Street with a glass-fronted concourse facing the riverfront The main exhibit hall will be reconfigured so it can be divided into smaller break-out meeting rooms, increasing the number of meeting rooms to 50. Full renovations are planned for about 550,000 square feet of convention center space, a new restaurant, and about 500,000 square feet of below-ground parking.  Completion date is September 1, 2019.