Anaheim City Council in California, US, has approved the $180m expansion of the city’s convention centre.
The expansion will feature 200,000ft² of multi-purpose space at the north end of the campus, which can be used for exhibits, meetings and banquets.
It will also include a climate-controlled connection to the existing facility and the replacement of 1,400 car park stalls.
The proposed expansion will provide new loading docks and an improved vehicular entrance.
The council has also approved Turner Construction and Populous Architects as the design-build firm to construct the project.
Work on the expansion is anticipated to start with the demolition of the parking lot in the late summer and the project is expected to be completed by fall 2016.
Located in Southern California, the Anaheim Convention Center (ACC) is the largest convention centre on the west coast, with more than 1.6m ft² of exhibition space.
The ACC is part of the Anaheim Resort District, which generates about 50% of the city’s general fund tax revenues.
The building has undergone six expansions since its opening in 1967, with each resulting in significant economic benefits to the city.
The ACC currently has only 160,000ft² of meeting and ballroom space to compliment its 813,000ft² exhibition areas.
The expansion is aimed at increasing the available exhibition areas of the centre, as modern conventions and trade shows currently require about 200,000ft² of space.
Populous said that without the expansion project, the ACC risks losing business and losing revenue that would support city services.
The architectural firm said that project funding is made possible in large part due to the creation of the Anaheim Tourism Improvement District.
Image: The expansion will feature 200,000ft² of multi-purpose space at the north end of the Convention Center campus. Photo: courtesy of Anaheim City Council.