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Jacobs Engineering Group has received a contract from Houston First Corporation to design and engineer planned improvements of the George R. Brown Convention Center in the US.

The eastern part of the convention centre backs up to an elevated freeway, and the upgrades will involve the construction of a potential deck park to connect both sides of downtown Houston.

The aim is to make improvements while maintaining operational functionality of the facility, which hosts more than 400 events and nearly 600,000 visitors each year.

“Our efforts will focus on helping Houston First continue delivering a positive experience for the community.”

Houston First president and CEO Brenda Bazan said: “Joining these two areas will be a game-changer, providing a more enriching experience, not only for visitors to the George R. Brown Convention Center in the heart of Avenida Houston, but for all of Houston.”

Jacobs will work with convention facility design company Populous and architecture firm OJB to plan, design and deliver visionary and technical solutions for the centre.

The team will primarily work on design and engineering services to maximise the convention centre’s operational efficiencies and maintain continuous business operations.

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Jacobs Built Environment global director and vice-president Brad Simmons said: “We have an opportunity to be part of a project that will embrace a new gateway to East Downtown and make the convention centre and its connections to this newly created space unique and versatile, while maintaining operational functionality.

“Our efforts will focus on helping Houston First continue delivering a positive experience for the community that results in repeat visits in both the business and leisure markets – both during construction of the North Houston Highway Improvement Project and for years to come.”