Plans for Las Vegas Convention Centre expansion unveiled | News

Architects have presented design drawings for the expansion to the Las Vegas Convention Centre to the board of directors of the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority.

The drawings provide a glimpse of the vibrant new look of the nearly 60-year-old facility.

“This is one of the most important days in the history of the LVCVA.

“These drawings show a modern, innovative design that is as iconic as our vibrant city,” said Rossi Ralenkotter, LVCVA chief executive.

“Southern Nevada’s economy is driven by tourism and this expansion will propel our convention canter forward to enable us to maintain our status as the number one trade show destination in North America.”

Last month Geotechnical & Environmental Services began drilling for all footing locations.

GES is doing subsurface explorations to determine soil properties and assist with engineering recommendations.

For example, they are marking out the depths they hit caliche, ground water, and past structures that may have been buried in the lots.

They are also sending core samples to the lab for environmental impacts on the site.

The LVCCD’s phase two is an $860 million expansion project that will add 1.4 million square feet to the current convention centre facility, including at least 600,000 square feet of new, leasable exhibit space.

The expansion is slated for completion in time to welcome CES in 2021.

“Our biggest goal was to give Las Vegas a convention centre that will be iconic, with a design that nods to all of the very unique architecture in the city’s history, while also providing contemporary, cohesive design aesthetic across the entire property,” said Rob Svedberg, principal, tvsdesign.

“Being iconic in Las Vegas is different than being iconic in other places, and we really want this building to be unique in the marketplace and provide something no other convention centre can, while also having a strong identity, so that when someone sees it, they immediately know that it’s the Las Vegas Convention Centre.”

Phase three will be the complete renovation of the existing 3.2 million-square-foot facility, with a projected completion date of 2023.

The phased approach will ensure that no business will be displaced during the construction and renovation.

Each year, Las Vegas hosts approximately 22,000 meetings, conventions and trade shows, which directly support an estimated 54,800 jobs paying $2.3 billion in wages and salaries.

In 2017, the Las Vegas Convention Centre hosted 21 per cent of convention attendees traveling to southern Nevada, which directly supported approximately 8,600 jobs, paying $375 million in wages and salaries.

Including indirect and induced impacts, the Las Vegas Convention Centre’s attendees generated $2.1 billion in economic impact throughout the local economy.

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