WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ground has been broken on the Walter E. Washington Convention Center streetscape development. The project will feature lighting, art, new retail kiosks, digital signage, planters and furnishings to reenergize the exterior of the Convention Center and the Shaw neighborhood.
“It’s now been more than 15 years since our community worked together to build this world-class convention center,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “Since then, we have worked hard to attract businesses and amenities that can be enjoyed by both residents in the neighborhood as well as the millions of visitors who come to our city from around the world every year.”
The groundbreaking marks the beginning of the Convention Center enhancement project that will transform the exterior of the 2.3-million-square-foot building. The project is slated to help boost the Shaw neighborhood as a convention and entertainment district, with new retail and restaurants and an Apple flagship store, located at Mt. Vernon Square.
“As the convention and sports authority for DC, it is critical for us to make strategic investments in our venues to differentiate our facilities and city from competitors across the globe – and the Convention Center streetscape project is a prime example of this,” said Max Brown, chairman of the Board of Directors at Events DC.
The final design for the streetscape project emphasizes enhanced lighting and a more pedestrian-friendly experience. Phase 1 of the project will be completed by the end of 2020. Phase two is expected to be completed by the end of 2021. The estimated total cost for the streetscape project is $41M.