Billion-dollar expansion of Fort Lauderdale convention center now underway

The first phase of the $1 billion expansion project of the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center is now underway. It is expected to finish in October, with full completion in 2024.
The first phase of the $1 billion expansion project of the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center is now underway. It is expected to finish in October, with full completion in 2024.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The $1 billion expansion project of the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center is underway.

The facility will be bigger and better with 1.2 million square feet of space, including 350,000 square feet of contiguous-exhibit space and a new 65,000-square-foot waterfront ballroom. Advanced technology will be integrated throughout the property, which will feature original dining concepts, enhanced water-taxi access, and an expansive new open-air waterfront plaza with multiple group event spaces. Plans also include an upscale headquarters hotel interconnected with the convention center.

Phase one with expanded exhibit space opens in October 2021 with full completion in 2024.

The Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center has been awarded LEED Design for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance Gold certification from The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), an arm of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The venue was the first convention center in Florida to be LEED certified on any level and one of only three in the nation to achieve LEED Gold certification for an existing building. Both the convention center expansion and new headquarters hotel are anticipated to be designated LEED Gold as well.

The center also features an executive teleconference suite and wireless internet access and hot spots throughout.

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