Announced by the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (L.A. Tourism), Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) will undergo a yearlong transformation as part of a larger revitalization of downtown Los Angeles. To commence August 2014, the project is the first expansion in 20 years and estimated to cost $10 million.
“The planned changes inside the convention center complement the changes taking place outside the center, including new hotels, restaurants, shopping and cultural offerings throughout downtown L.A.,” said Ernest Wooden Jr., president and CEO, L.A. Tourism. “Every aspect of downtown Los Angeles is on the move and it’s fueling L.A.’s surging popularity as a meetings and conventions destination.”
Designed to make the convention center more attractive and more functional, the project will encompass a new, energy-efficient solar-ready “cool roof” on the South Hall and Concourse Hall. Additions will also be made including new carpet throughout the facility; automated parking systems to facilitate speedier entrances and exits; a complete remodel of the center’s 299-seat theater; upgraded audio-visual equipment; energy-efficient and noise-reducing air handling units; and upgraded air walls, IT infrastructure, lighting systems and operating systems.
Based on whether the city is awarded a professional football team, renovation at the facility will occur as either part of a new stadium or as a standalone development project.