LAS VEGAS — Tourism and business leaders joined today at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) to kick off a $600 million renovation of the facility’s legacy campus.
The renovation will extend the contemporary design, architecture, and customer experience of the 1.4 million square foot West Hall, which debuted in 2021. Work will continue through 2025, with construction designed to accommodate and minimize disruption to scheduled tradeshows.
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 tradeshow destination for nearly three decades, and we are committed to being the number one tradeshow 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."
Some key highlights of the renovation include:
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 be utilized for the renovation.
With nearly 15 million 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 5 million convention attendees, whose spending during their stay directly supported an estimated 38,000 jobs, $2.1 billion in wages, and $7.5 billion in economic impact, according to the Economic Impact of Southern Nevada’s Tourism Industry report recently published by the LVCVA’s Research Center. The LVCC is one of the largest convention centers in North America. 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. The Las Vegas Convention Center District Committee and Oversight Panel for Convention Facilities were established to review and approve renovation plans and financing.
While construction of the $1 billion 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 authorized by SB1 of the 2016 legislative session, and the proceeds from the sale of the 10-acre Riviera parcel.
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 with operating the 4.6 million-square-foot Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). With nearly 150,000 hotel rooms and 14 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space in Las Vegas alone, the LVCVA's mission centers on attracting leisure and business visitors to the area. The LVCVA also owns the Las Vegas Convention Center Loop designed and operated by The Boring Company and also owns the Las Vegas Monorail, an elevated 3.9-mile system with seven stops throughout the resort corridor.