Messer Construction has secured a $241m contract from Lexington Center to build the new and expanded Lexington Convention Center in Kentucky, US.
The Convention Center Expansion Project Committee recommended the winning contract bid, which will retain the original 2014 design and vision of the project.
The contract includes new construction costs, demolition of the Jefferson Street Bridge including the north abutment, new UK Hospitality Clubs, new upper arena chair back seats and new parking structures.
The three-year project is slated to break ground in mid-July 2018 and be completed in November 2021.
The project will be built in phases so that Rupp Arena and most of the existing convention centre to remain in operation during construction.
The original 2014 design of the Lexington Convention Center, approved in December 2016, was developed by NBBJ Architects of Los Angeles and EOP Architects, Lexington.
The plan includes 100,800ft² of exhibit halls, a 25,185ft² ballroom, 30,270ft² of flexible meeting spaces and 110,234ft² of pre-function and circulation space.
LCC chairman Craig Turner said: “Today marks a very happy ending and an exciting new beginning to a project that will transform the life of downtown Lexington.
“There are many people to thank for their commitment and unwavering support of this project. We thank Mayor Jim Gray for first proposing the project in 2011 and former LCC chairman Brent Rice who spearheaded it.
“Our gratitude extends to Governor Bevin and Secretary Landrum for the Commonwealth’s financial support. Special thanks to Councilmen Bill Farmer and Kevin Stinnett who were great advocates for this project and to LFUCG City Council for providing its financial support.
“Thanks also to VisitLex for its financial contributions. We thank the University of Kentucky for its commitment for the next 15 years, revitalising Rupp Arena as the primary place and home court for UK basketball.
“And finally, thanks to Lexington Center CEO and president Bill Owen, and the staff of Lexington Center.”
Image: The original 2014 Lexington Convention Center design, approved in December of 2016, was developed by NBBJ Architects of Los Angeles CA and EOP Architects, Lexington. Photo: courtesy of NBBJ Architects and EOP Architects.