Colorado Convention Center Expansion Nears Completion

Reaching a key construction milestone, crew installed one of the final structural steel beams in the $233 million Colorado Convention Center (CCC) expansion project that will add improved meeting capacity and significant technological specs to the facility.

“This is a welcome milestone in the progress of the expansion, which will assist us with booking multiple groups simultaneously to maximize capacity,” said Richard W. Scharf, president and CEO of Visit Denver. “Ultimately, these improvements will pay huge dividends for years to come by generating new business for Denver in a very competitive industry.”

Expansion improvements currently underway include over 200,000 square feet—or the size of about four football fields—of new space that will have an 80,000-square-foot multi-purpose ballroom, 35,000 square feet of pre-function space and a 20,000-square-foot rooftop terrace with 150-mile views of the Rocky Mountains.

The new additions are taking shape above the existing convention center, which remains in operation, requiring two 280-foot-tall tower cranes and a rooftop crane weighing the equivalent of a 747 jumbo jet.

Upon completion in late 2023, the CCC expansion will help to ensure The Mile High City continues to be a global competitor in the meetings and conventions industry. Already a key economic driver for the city, the upgrades are expected to generate an additional $85 million in annual economic impact.

Funding for the expansion included $104 million from Measure 2C passed by voters in 2015 and $129 million in certificates of participation (COP) issued in 2018, with repayment of the COPs derived from tourism improvement district (TID) revenues, a portion of the seat tax and excess revenues from the Convention Center Hotel.

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