Full Renovation and Expansion of Columbus Convention Center
In September 2015, the Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC) began a full, staggered renovation and expansion project, highlighted by 373,000 sq. ft. of contiguous exhibit space, to be complete in July 2017. The extensive upgrades and additions will improve the guest experience and increase efficiencies. When finished, the GCCC will have the 4th largest contiguous exhibit space in its competitive set. Hard hat tours are now available for planners.
Highlights of the $125 million project include:
- Adding 37,000 sq. ft. of new exhibit space, bringing contiguous space to 373,000 sq. ft.
- Adding 10,000 sq. ft. of two-level meeting space
- 9 new meeting rooms with outside windows, bringing a total of 74 meeting rooms to the facility
- Gaining LEED certification (Leadership in Energy & Environment Design)
- Upgrading the Convention Center and Hyatt Regency meeting rooms, ballrooms and public spaces in the areas of finishes, wall coverings, way-finding, technology, sound systems, ceilings, carpeting, social seating and lighting. Several meeting rooms as well as the Union Station Ballroom and Short North Ballroom are already complete and have hosted groups.
- 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.
- Transforming the existing Arnold Plaza into a 10,000 sq. ft. 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 Boulevard and North High Street will better connect the convention center and the vibrant Short North Arts District. It also will be used for pre-function space.
- Construction of an $18-million, eight-level, 800-space parking garage that will bring total onsite parking to 4,000 spaces. The garage is already complete and now connects to the renovated center by covered sky bridge.
Additional First-Class Upgrades include:
- New show offices overlooking exhibit halls
- New lighting, including up-lighting in foyers and concourse
- More digital signage, complementing the existing, free digital signage outside each meeting room
- New wall colors and textured fabrics throughout the building
- 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.
- 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.