Tourism and business leaders joined today at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) to kick off a $600m renovation of the facility’s legacy campus.
The renovation will extend the design, architecture, and customer experience of the 1.4m square foot West Hall, which debuted in 2021. Work will continue through 2025, with construction designed to minimise disruption to scheduled trade shows.
A ceremonial groundbreaking took place at the east side of the South Hall, which will be transformed into a sprawling new plaza and entrance.
Steve Hill, president, and CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) was joined by Jim Gibson, chair of both the Clark County Commission and the LVCVA board of directors, as well as members of the LVCVA Board of Directors and Convention Center Oversight Panel.
“We have been the number one trade show destination for nearly three decades, and we are committed to being the number one trades how destination for another three decades,” said Hill. “This renovation will provide our customers with an experience that will make them want to come back year after year.”
Key highlights of the renovation include:
- The continuation of the signature West Hall exterior ribbon roof will create architectural cohesion across the entire campus.
- An outdoor plaza and indoor lobby at the South Hall will create a sense of arrival and provide direct access to new pre-function space and a second-floor boardroom.
- A climate-controlled interior concourse between the North Hall and the South Hall will provide interior access across the entire campus.
- An expansive Grand Lobby between the North and Central halls will offer ample natural light and views of both halls.
- A newly designed parking lot outside of Central Hall (Silver Lot) will feature a Vegas Loop station to transport guests to/from Wynn and Encore (expected to debut in Spring 2024).
- Innovative technology, including sleek, digital displays, digital pylon signs, wayfinding, and interactive information kiosks throughout the facility.
- Technology upgrades will result in upgraded electrical access for trade show organisers and exhibitors and increased connectivity for guests.
The LVCVA is represented by Miller Project Management Group, which oversees the construction of the project. Klai Juba Wald serves as the architect of record. A joint venture comprised of the Hunt Construction Group and the Penta Building Group serves as the contractor. More than 600 tradesmen and women will work on the project.
With nearly 15m square feet of meeting and event space throughout the destination, the convention sector continues to significantly contribute to Southern Nevada’s economy. In 2022, Las Vegas hosted nearly five million convention attendees, whose spending during their stay directly supported an estimated 38,000 jobs, $2.1bn in wages, and $7.5bn in economic impact, according to the Economic Impact of Southern Nevada’s Tourism Industry report recently published by the LVCVA’s Research Center. In 2022, the facility hosted 56 conventions with a combined attendance of nearly 900,000.
The renovation of the LVCC was set in motion in 2016 during the special session of the Nevada Legislature. Senate Bill No. 1 (SB1) was put in place to help fund the creation of the West Hall and the renovation of the LVCC’s existing campus, along with Allegiant Stadium.
While construction of the $1bn West Hall moved forward, the renovation of the legacy campus was delayed due to the pandemic. In August 2022, the LVCVA Board of Directors approved design and construction plans for the legacy campus. The project will be funded with transfers from the LVCVA’s general fund, bonds supported by the LVCVA’s general revenues and the 0.5% room tax and the proceeds from the sale of the 10-acre Riviera parcel.