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In Milestone Decision, LVCVA Board Approves tvsdesign / Design Las Vegas to Create Iconic Design for Las Vegas Convention Center Expansion

LAS VEGAS – Today, in a historic decision, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) Board of Directors approved a recommendation to retain tvsdesign / Design Las Vegas to provide design services for the Las Vegas Convention Center District Phase Two Expansion project. The decision is a tremendous milestone for a project that will secure Las Vegas as the world’s premier business destination for decades to come.

“The selection of tvsdesign / Design Las Vegas for the expansion project signals an exciting new era for conventions and convention business in Southern Nevada. Our destination thrives on evolution and reinvention, and this design team will allow us to continue providing the world class experience our guests and clients have come to expect,” said Rossi Ralenkotter, LVCVA President and CEO. “Tourism is the engine that drives southern Nevada’s economy, and one of our greatest opportunities for continued growth is business travel. By starting the process of expansion and renovation, we will not only retain our status as the No. 1 conventions city, we will ensure the economic future of our entire destination.”

In 2016, Las Vegas hosted nearly 22,000 meetings, conventions and trade shows, which directly supported an estimated 54,800 jobs paying $2.3 billion in wages and salaries. The Las Vegas Convention Center hosted 22 percent of convention attendees traveling to southern Nevada, which directly supported approximately 11,800 jobs, paying $495 million in wages and salaries. Including indirect and induced impacts, the Las Vegas Convention Center’s attendees generated $2.7 billion in economic impact throughout the local economy.

 “What gets us out of bed in the morning is doing big, complex projects that are important and have a meaningful impact on people’s lives,” said project executive and TVS Design principal Robert Svedberg. “The Las Vegas Convention Center expansion is just that: big, intricate and positioned to deliver a positive impact on many lives. We are thrilled about the opportunity to create an iconic design for the world’s greatest convention city.”

In its November 7th meeting, the Las Vegas Convention Center District (LVCCD) Committee, a sub-committee of the LVCVA Board of Directors received a recommendation from LVCVA staff of tvsdesign / Design Las Vegas as the preferred designer for the project. That recommendation was approved and moved to the full Board of Directors for approval today. The recommendation of tvsdesign / Design Las Vegas is specific to Phase Two’s $860 million expansion project.

The process of selecting a design team started in mid-June and included review of qualifications and proposals from numerous globally recognized design teams. On October 25th, a design competition was held featuring presentations from three world-class design finalists. The designs presented in the competition focused on the LVCCD’s 1.4 million-square-foot expansion, which will include at least 600,000 square feet of new, leasable exhibit space. LVCVA staff worked in partnership with Cordell Corporation principal Terry Miller, the agency’s contracted owner’s representative, to develop the vision for the expansion and renovation project.

“The three finalists each presented outstanding design concepts, and it was a difficult decision. We are excited to move forward with tvsdesign / Design Las Vegas to create an iconic design for the Las Vegas Convention Center that represents the incredible destination that Las Vegas is,” Ralenkotter said. “We are eager to get started on the project to provide our clients with a great new facility and our community with a tremendous economic impact.”

The LVCC District Expansion (Phase Two) and Renovation (Phase Three) are expected to support nearly 14,000 construction jobs and nearly 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 LVCC District Expansion and Renovation will be completed in a phased approach with a projected completion date of 2023. Construction of the Phase Two 1.4 million-square-foot expansion is projected to be complete by the end of 2020. The next phase will be the complete renovation of the existing 3.2 million-square-foot facility. The phased approach will ensure that no business will be displaced during the construction and renovation.

Overall, the tourism industry continues to be crucial to Southern Nevada’s economy generating $60 billion in total economic impact, supporting 407,000 jobs and $16.9 billion in local wages and salaries. These jobs represent 44-percent of Southern Nevada’s total workforce.

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.

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Las Vegas as a Business Destination

•    Las Vegas hosted nearly 22,000 meetings, conventions and trade shows in 2016.

•    The destination boasts more than 11 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.

•    Trade Show News Network recently recognized Las Vegas as the No. 1 trade show destination in the country for the 23rd consecutive year for hosting 57 of the top 250 largest trade shows in North America.

•    The Las Vegas Convention Center supports 18,400 local jobs and $2.7 billion in local economic impact.

•    The LVCC hosted 53 conventions in 2016 with a combined attendance of 1.4 million people.

Design Competition for Las Vegas Convention Center District Expansion Held Today at Las Vegas Convention Center

LAS VEGAS – In a process that started in mid-June and included review of qualifications and proposals from numerous globally recognized design teams, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA)
received presentations by the three finalists competing to become the designer for the Las Vegas Convention Center District Phase Two Expansion project. 

The design competition presentations took place today during a joint meeting of the Las Vegas Convention Center District (LVCCD) Committee, a sub-committee of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) Board of Directors and the Oversight Panel for Convention Facilities in Clark County. The presenting design finalists were RV Architecture/Friedmutter Group; TVS Design/Design Las Vegas; and Populous/Klai Juba Wald/LGA/ZimmerRay. Each finalist had one hour to present their design, followed by a question and answer session.

“This design competition marks a tremendous milestone for the LVCVA and our Convention Center District, and is an important step toward ensuring we continue to provide a world-class facility and experience to our customers,” said Rossi Ralenkotter, LVCVA President and CEO. “We will have a design team in place by the end of this year and we anticipate breaking ground on the expansion early next year.”

A recommendation of a design team will be forwarded to the LVCCD Committee at its Tuesday, Nov. 7 meeting. Based on that meeting and the committee’s approval, the LVCCD Committee will recommend the design team at the regular LVCVA Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 14, where the full board will move to vote on the recommendation.

The designs presented today focused on the LVCCD’s 1.4 million-square-foot expansion, which will include at least 600,000 square feet of new exhibition leasable space. LVCVA staff worked in partnership with
Cordell principal Terry Miller, the agency’s contracted owner’s representative, to develop the vision for the expansion and renovation project.

The LVCC District Expansion (Phase Two) and Renovation (Phase Three) is expected to support nearly 14,000 construction jobs and nearly 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.

Overall, the tourism industry continues to be crucial to Southern Nevada’s economy generating $60 billion in total economic impact, supporting 407,000 jobs and $16.9 billion in local wages and salaries. These
jobs represent 44-percent of Southern Nevada’s total workforce.

The LVCC District Expansion and Renovation will be completed in a phased approach with a projected completion date of 2023. Construction of the Phase Two 1.4 million-square-foot expansion is projected to be complete by 2021. The next phase will be the complete renovation of the existing 3.2 million-square-foot facility. The phased approach will ensure that no business will be displaced during the construction and renovation.

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.

 

Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Receives Final Approval for Expansion and Renovation of Las Vegas Convention Center District

LAS VEGAS – Today, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA)’s Board of Directors gave final approval for the expansion and renovation of the Las Vegas Convention Center in a historic decision that secures Las Vegas’ position as the world’s premier business destination.

“Today marks a monumental occasion for not only the LVCVA but also the entire destination,” said Rossi Ralenkotter, LVCVA President and CEO. “We commend the foresight of our community and state leaders for recognizing the importance of the LVCCD and we are eager to get to work! We will ensure that the LVCVA continues to provide the world-class facility and experience our clients expect when they come to Las Vegas.”

Prior to being presented to the full LVCVA Board, the plan recently met the approval of both the Oversight Panel for Convention Centers in Clark County and the Las Vegas Convention Center District (LVCCD) Committee, a sub-committee of the LVCVA Board of Directors.

LVCVA staff worked in partnership with Cordell Corporation principal Terry Miller, the agency’s contracted builder representative, to develop the vision for the expansion and renovation project.

Nevada State legislators and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval approved a bill during a 2016 special legislative session paving the way for development of the Las Vegas Convention Center District. The $1.4 billion project will add 600,000 square feet of new meeting space ensuring Las Vegas remains the No. 1 trade show destination for decades to come. The legislation established a 0.5 percentage point increase in Clark County’s room tax to help fund the Las Vegas Convention Center District. The legislative session followed a 14-month vetting process by the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee, a group created by Governor Sandoval to review several projects critical to the future of Southern Nevada.

“Las Vegas has maintained its reputation as a leading destination for business travel because our destination has a long tradition of working together to make great strides that benefit both our visitors and those who call Southern Nevada home,” said Lawrence Weekly, chairman of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and Clark County Commissioner. “The LVCCD project is among the most thoroughly vetted, most approved projects in this region and it represents a tremendous opportunity to create jobs, support local families, stimulate our economy and continue to move Las Vegas forward.”

The convention center expansion and renovation is expected to support nearly 14,000 construction jobs and nearly 7,800 full-time permanent jobs upon completion.  The project will generate an additional $1.4 billion into the economy during construction and have an annual incremental economic impact of $810 million while attracting one million additional visitors each year.

The LVCCD expansion and renovation will be completed in a phased approach with a projected completion date of 2023. Phase 1 will be the construction of the new 1.4 million-square-foot expansion with 600,000 square feet of exhibit space and the accompanying meeting rooms and support space. This phase is projected to be complete by 2021. The second phase will be the complete renovation of the existing 3.2 million-square-foot facility. The phased approach will ensure that no business will be displaced during the construction and renovation.

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. The LVCVA has identified 70 additional, new events, that could potentially be brought to the destination in the next decade. These 70 shows would grow the economic impact of Southern Nevada’s $12.4 billion meetings and conventions industry by nearly 50 percent.

Following the plan’s approval from the LVCVA Board, the organization will begin soliciting submittals of qualifications from local, regional and national architectural professionals. The request for qualifications will identify the criteria that must be met to be considered to provide design services for the LVCCD. Qualifying firms and/or teams will be asked to submit proposals detailing specific information regarding their approach to the project. Finalists will deliver public presentations in a Design Competition before a firm/team is selected. The LVCVA will also commence the selection process for a construction manager.

Parties interested in participating in development of the LVCCD should visit http://www.lvccdistrict.com/.

Las Vegas as a Business Destination 

- Las Vegas hosted nearly 22,000 meetings, conventions and trade shows in 2016.

- The destination boasts more than 11 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.

- Trade Show News Network recently recognized Las Vegas as the No. 1 trade show destination in the country for the 23rd consecutive year for hosting 57 of the top 250 largest trade shows in North America.

- The Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) hosts more than 22 percent of all convention attendees traveling to Southern Nevada.

- The facility directly supports 11,800 local jobs and $495.1 million in local wages and salaries.

- The LVCC hosted 73 events in 2015 with a combined attendance of 1.8 million people. These visitors generated $2.7 billion in total economic output in 2015.