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In Brief

Convention CENTER WATCH

The Kentucky International Convention Center expansion was topped off this fall.

Cobo Center’s new green roof DETROIT, MI — Last month, Claude Molinari, General Manager of the SMG-managed Cobo Center, announced the facility’s plan to install a visitor observation area near the convention center’s living green roof. “Last year, we installed honeybee hives and saw our living roof and organic herb gardens thrive,” said Molinari. “Next year, we will create an observation area, with murals and signage, overlooking the living green roof to bring our visitors more information on these features.” The 10,000-sq.-ft. green roof was installed at Cobo Center as part of the facility’s recent $279 million renovation.

In addition, Cobo Center will debut two nursing mother lactation stations in January. The portable Mamava suites will include benches, tables, mirrors and electricity for use by nursing mothers. LAS VEGAS, NV — Last month, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority 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 and Renovation. The phased project has a projected completion date

of 2023. Construction of Phase Two, a 1.4 million-sq.-ft. expansion, is projected to be complete by the end of 2020. Phase Three will be the complete renovation of the existing 3.2 million-sq.-ft. facility. LOUISVILLE, KY — The topping-off ceremony for the $207 million Kentucky International Convention Center renovation was held on Oct. 19. With opening day set for Aug. 1, 2018, the new facility will offer 200,125 sq. ft. of exhibit space, a 40,000-sq.-ft. column-free ballroom, 52 meeting rooms, a 175-seat tiered conference theater, 15,000 meals-per-day kitchen capacity and simplified pedestrian circulation and wayfinding. The enhancement is projected to draw a 25 percent increase in convention business.

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SEATTLE, WA — Furthering its plan for a $1.6 billion expansion, the Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) has entered into an agreement with the Community Package Coalition to provide $82.8 million in public benefits. The coalition includes nonprofits, community organizations and advocacy groups serving neighborhoods adjacent to the WSCC Addition. The $82.8 million includes $29 million in funding for affordable housing, $10 million for improvements to Freeway Park, $10 million for cycling improvements in the Pine Street-Pike street corridor and $10 million for pedestrian improvements in the corridor, according to officials. The WSCC expansion would add approximately 255,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space, 125,000 sq. ft. of meeting rooms and 60,000 sq. ft. of ballroom space.

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