MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The latest construction milestone at the Renasant Convention Center was recently celebrated with the illumination of the exterior of the facility, currently undergoing a $200 million renovation.
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland joined Mitch Waycaster, Renasant Bank president and CEO, and Kevin Kane, Memphis Tourism president and CEO, to turn the lights on in a socially distanced setting at the Bass Pro Pyramid.
Renasant’s lighted logo features prominently on the exterior of the facility, complementing the all-new exterior façade, suspended over new outdoor balconies. The November 17th event was livestreamed to allow the Memphis tourism and hospitality community to virtually join the celebration.
Entering the final phase of the construction and renovation process, the Renasant Convention Center is starting to reveal some of its new enhancements, including a grand lobby, high-end finishes, and floor-to-ceiling windows that treat visitors to natural light and stunning river views. Other features include a column-free 118,000-square-foot main exhibit hall, a new exterior concourse and pre-function space, 46 breakout rooms, and a 28,000-square-foot ballroom to host smaller events.
The renovation also includes public art, digital wayfinding, and all-new loading docks for easier load in and load out. This project is being funded through the Memphis and Shelby County hotel/motel tax and tourism development zone funds.
Work at the Renasant Convention Center is on schedule to be completed by the end of 2020, with a grand opening planned for the first few weeks of 2021.