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LVCVA Unveils Design for the Las Vegas Convention Center Expansion

LAS VEGAS - Today, architects presented design drawings for the iconic expansion to the Las Vegas Convention Center to the Board of Directors of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). 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 officer. “Southern Nevada’s economy is driven by tourism and this expansion will propel our convention center forward to enable us to maintain our status as the number one trade show destination in North America.

Last month, Geotechnical & Environmental Services, Inc (GES) 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 center 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. Late last year, the LVCVA’s Board of Directors finalized the selection of tvsdesign / Design Las Vegas to provide design services for the expansion project.

“Our biggest goal was to give Las Vegas a convention center 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 center can, while also having a strong identity, so that when someone sees it, they immediately know that it’s the Las Vegas Convention Center.”

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. 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.

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 Center hosted 21 percent 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 Center’s attendees generated $2.1 billion in economic impact throughout the local economy.

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.

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.

For a gallery of design images, please click here

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 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 24th consecutive year.
- The Las Vegas Convention Center supports 18,400 local jobs and $2.7 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 www.vrtv.vegas. For more information, go to www.lvcva.com or www.visitlasvegas.com.

Ceremonial Groundbreaking Celebrates Las Vegas Convention Center District Expansion

LAS VEGAS – The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and local leaders gathered to celebrate the historic ceremonial groundbreaking for the Las Vegas Convention Center District (LVCCD) Phase Two Expansion project on Monday, Jan. 8, 2017.

“This is an incredibly exciting milestone for the entire destination, as this expansion will allow us to not only retain our status as the No. 1 convention city, but ensure our economic future by continuing to provide the unparalleled experience our guests and clients have come to expect,” said Rossi Ralenkotter, LVCVA President and CEO. “The LVCCD project is one of the most thoroughly vetted in Nevada history, which is fitting as we prepare to move forward with a world-class expansion to our facility. Las Vegas thrives on evolution and reinvention, and the LVCCD project will give us a convention center tantamount to one of the world’s most iconic and vibrant cities.”

Community and business leaders, including Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, Clark County Commissioners Steve Sisolak and Lawrence Weekly, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, and Consumer Technology Association President and CEO Gary Shapiro, joined Ralenkotter to officially kick off the beginning of one of the most significant economic development projects in Southern Nevada.

The LVCCD’s Phase Two is an $860 million expansion project that 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. The expansion is slated for completion in time to welcome CES in 2021. Last month, the LVCVA’s Board of Directors finalized the selection of tvsdesign / Design Las Vegas to provide design services for the expansion project.

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. 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.

“Las Vegas is a leading destination for business and leisure visitors because we offer world-class entertainment, attractions and experiences, and with this project, our largest convention center will remain one of the world’s leading facilities,” said Lawrence Weekly, chairman of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and Clark County Commissioner. “This expansion will bring tremendous opportunities to create jobs and support local families, while also welcoming even more visitors to our destination and ensuring our economy will continue to flourish.”

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.

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.

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.

For a gallery of images from the ceremonial groundbreaking, please click here

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.

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 and Cashman 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 www.vrtv.vegas. For more information, go to www.lvcva.com or www.visitlasvegas.com.

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.

For a gallery of conceptual renderings, please click here.

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.