Full Renovation and Expansion of Columbus Convention Center


A $140 million renovation and expansion project at the Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC) and connecting Hyatt Regency Downtown is now complete. The 22-month project started in September 2015, is highlighted by 373,000 sq. ft. of contiguous exhibit space, making it the fourth largest in its competitive set. The extensive upgrades and additions will improve the guest experience and increase efficiencies.

Highlights of the $140 million project include:

  • Adding 37,000 sq. ft. of new exhibit space and 10,000 sq. ft. of two-level meeting space.
  • Nine new meeting rooms with outside windows, bringing a total of 75 meeting rooms to the facility.
  • Gaining LEED certification (Leadership in Energy & Environment Design).
  • New show offices overlooking exhibit halls.
  • Upgrading finishes, wall coverings, way-finding, technology, sound systems, ceilings, carpeting, social seating and lighting in existing meeting rooms, ballrooms, and public spaces. This includes more digital signage to complement the previously existing, free digital signage outside each meeting room.
  • New, local food and beverage concepts, as well as more than 150 pieces of local art, displayed on the interior and exterior of the building and parking garages. These updates will give attendees a better sense-of-place while they are in the center. 
  • A full renovation of the exterior of the convention center featuring cleaning and repairing the façade, adding enhancements to guide attendee arrival and navigation with way-finding, replacing doors and transforming pick-up and drop-off points.
  • A full renovation of the exterior of the building, including cleaning and repairing facade and adding enhancements to guide attendee arrival and navigation.
  • Transforming Arnold Plaza into a 10,000 sq. ft. outdoor event space.
  • A new large, two-level open atrium entrance on the north end with beautiful natural light features and elegant tile. This more prominent entrance at Goodale and North High Streets will be available for use as pre-function space and will better connect the convention center and the vibrant Short North Arts District just beyond its doors.

Additional First-Class Upgrades include:

  • Enhancing internet capabilities to allow for use by 20,000 users simultaneously in meeting rooms and exhibit halls. All public spaces now offer free Wi-Fi.
  • Construction of an $18-million, 800-space parking garage that connects to the renovated center by covered skybridge and brings total onsite parking to 4,000 spaces.
  • Food-service provider Levy Restaurants is overseeing the installation of a “smart farm” at the center’s new Discovery Café, with an expected yield of 5,000 pounds of produce per year in the country’s first indoor convention center hydroponic vertical farm. Unused items will be donated to local charities. 

Learn more about the SMG-managed Greater Columbus Convention Center at https://columbusconventions.com/.