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Major Expansion for Seattle Convention Center

Nestled between the pristine peaks of the Cascade Mountains and the salty fjords of Puget Sound, beautiful Seattle, Washington is a natural draw for conventions and meetings. Yet, the current 205,000 square feet of exhibit space at the Washington Convention Center is limiting the city’s potential – the convention center reportedly turns away nearly half its prospective business because of space restraints.

All that will change with the upcoming expansion of the Washington State Convention Center. The Puget Sound Business Journal reports that construction for a major expansion of the facility is planned to begin in early 2017 and be done in 2020. The preliminary cost of the project is projected to be more than $1 billion.

A team lead by LMN Architects has apparently won the bid to head up the project, which is slated to add up to 300,000 square feet of additional exhibit space to the convention center, as well as an additional ballroom and another 135,000 square feet of space dedicated to meetings and break-out sessions.

The convention center’s operators began the process last year by purchasing an adjacent property from Honda of Seattle for $56.5 million.

With the new renovation, the center will strive to meet the demand for high-quality meeting space, particularly for the medical, scientific and tech industries. It will be very interesting to see how the design will incorporate new technologies, along with the emphasis on sustainability the Pacific Northwest is known for.

The Seattle Convention Center is well-situated in the downtown core with numerous surrounding hotel options. Seattle has no doubt become a popular destination for meetings and conventions due to the many cultural and natural attractions it has to offer as well as a large array of dining options, great shopping and entertainment, and loads of exciting outdoor opportunities.

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