Already the size of six football fields, the Capital City's
convention center is going to get bigger.
Convention Center Authority (WCCA) approved a plan to expand the
meetings and ballroom capacity of the 2.3 million-square-foot
facility by 75,000 square feet.
The plan also calls
for the development of a 1,200-room hotel adjacent to or near the
year-old convention center that would include 100,000 square feet
of meetings space.
The WCCA will spend
the next six months determining whether the hotel can be built at a
site adjacent to the center or in a nearby location.
related to land acquisition, cost, design, historical preservation
and financing must be resolved, as well, the WCCA said.
"This is a
tremendous step forward," said Thomas Mobley, the WCCA's CEO and
After some 10 years
in development, the Washington Convention Center opened in April
Occupying six city
blocks in downtown Washington, the gleaming glass-and-steel
building is the largest structure ever built in the
With 725,000 square
fee of exhibit space and 150,000 square feet of meetings space, it
dwarfs the city's old 800,000 square-foot-convention center, which
closed in March 2003.
reporter Michael Milligan, send e-mail to[email protected].