LAS VEGAS – Today, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) Board of Directors took the final step needed to begin construction on the Las Vegas Convention Center District’s Phase Two expansion by approving the guaranteed maximum price (GMP) agreement. The approval granted today allows the highly anticipated economic development project to break ground.
“This is an incredibly important and exciting time, not just for the LVCVA but for the entire destination. With today’s approval, we’re delighted to join a boom in development that’s on a scale that we haven’t seen in more than a decade,” said Steve Hill, LVCVA chief executive officer. “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 GMP of $935 million was negotiated by LVCVA staff and the project’s construction manager at risk, Turner Martin-Harris. Construction of the Phase Two expansion is expected to begin shortly. The expansion is slated for completion in time to welcome CES in 2021.
The LVCCD Phase Two expansion project will feature stunning design, cutting-edge technology and contemporary meeting and working spaces. It will add 1.4 million square feet to the current convention center facility, including at least 600,000 square feet of new, leasable exhibit space. Late last year, the LVCVA’s Board of Directors finalized the selection of tvsdesign / Design Las Vegas to provide design services for the expansion.
“The expansion and renovation of the Las Vegas Convention Center will take our ability to bring business to the destination to a new level by allowing us to welcome more shows, more exhibitors and more delegates,” said Lawrence Weekly, chairman of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and Clark County Commissioner. “In addition to ensuring our economic future, this project will give us a cutting-edge facility with a dynamic design fit for one of the world’s most iconic cities.”
Phase Three will be the complete renovation of the existing 3.2 million-square-foot facility. The completion of this project is currently pending, but the phased approach ensures that no business will be displaced during the construction and renovation. LVCVA staff worked in partnership with Cordell Corporation, the agency’s contracted owner’s representative, to develop the vision of the expansion and renovation project.
Each year, Las Vegas hosts approximately 22,000 meetings, conventions and trade shows, which support an estimated 65,000 jobs paying $2.7 billion in wages and salaries. In 2017, the Las Vegas Convention Center hosted 21 percent of convention attendees traveling to southern Nevada, which supported approximately 13,800 jobs, paying more than $576 million in wages and salaries. Including indirect and induced impacts, the Las Vegas Convention Center’s attendees generated $2.1 billion in economic impact for the local economy.
The LVCC District Expansion (Phase Two) and Renovation (Phase Three) are 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.
The project will allow the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority to pursue new business opportunities while also growing the shows currently taking place in the destination.
For a gallery of project drawings, please visit the LVCVA Newsroom.
Las Vegas as a Business Destination
- Las Vegas hosts approximately 22,000 meetings, conventions and trade shows each year.
- The destination boasts more than 11.5 million square feet 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.
ABOUT THE LVCVA
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is charged with marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination worldwide, and also with operating the Las Vegas Convention Center. With nearly 150,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas alone and more than 11 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space citywide, the LVCVA's mission centers on attracting ever increasing numbers of leisure and business visitors to the area. Download the virtual reality app, Vegas VR, to experience Las Vegas from your iPhone or Android by visiting http://www.vrtv.vegas/. For more information, go to www.lvcva.com or www.visitlasvegas.com.