The Los Angeles Convention Center is set to undergo a $350 million renovation and expansion center. After the project is complete, the convention center will increase to approximately two million square feet while receiving a significant facelift. The project is part of a larger project to upgrade the downtown Los Angeles area.
Expanding the Los Angeles Convention Center
Currently, the Los Angeles Convention Center covers 14 city blocks and offers 720,000 square feet of space in downtown Los Angeles. Last month, the Los Angeles City Council approved the plan submitted by Kansas City-architecture firm Populous to renovate the city’s convention center. Los Angeles-based HMC Architects have been approved to be the designers of the new convention center. The new design will not only offer more space, but the 41-year-old convention center will also have more outdoor space as well as more access to natural light. The goal is to also create a space that makes it possible to enjoy greater interaction with the city’s streetscape. This will be made possible in part by a new outdoor ballroom.
Indoors, the new convention center will feature a new 100,000 square foot ballroom with modern lighting and sound infrastructure. It will also feature an 80,000 square foot meeting space. Some of the building’s existing exhibit hall may also be demolished in order to make space for an outdoor plaza. The plaza would serve as the center’s entryway as well as a public gathering space. All of the changes to the convention center are expected to be complete by 2020.
Upgrading the Downtown LA Entertainment Scene
The expansion and upgrade of the Los Angeles Convention Center is just one aspect of an overall improvement to the downtown LA area. In fact, plans are also underway to upgrade nearby hotels as well. In this way, those who attend events at the new and improved Los Angeles Convention Center will also be able to find glamourous and luxurious hotel accommodations to suit their needs.
Interestingly, all of the upgrades taking place in downtown Los Angeles are only taking place after plans to build a football stadium in the area failed to come to fruition. Originally, the existing Convention Center was going to be replaced by a football stadium. When it became clear that the stadium was not going to be built, the city decided to move forward with upgrading the Convention Center and the surrounding area. The goal is to attract larger, higher-profile events to the new and improved Convention Center.
Currently, the Los Angeles Convention Center does host some high-profile events. These include the upcoming Moksha Festival, California Gift Show and Maximum Yield’s Garden Expo. Upcoming August events include the 2015 World Dance Tour, the Bride World Expo and Torres Empire LA Supershow.
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