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Fort Worth Selects Architect Team for Convention Center Expansion – Welcome to the City of Fort Worth

By on September 14, 2022 0

Posted on September 14, 2022

The City of Fort Worth selected Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates Inc., a global architectural design firm teaming with local firm Bennett Partners, to provide design and construction administration services for the first phase of the expansion of the Fort Worth Convention Center.

The expansion project will take place in two phases and the facility will remain operational during both. The first phase includes the construction of new state-of-the-art dining facilities, the demolition of the annex, the realignment of Commerce Street to create a site for a future convention hotel, and the reconstruction of the center’s loading docks.

This phase is expected to begin construction in mid-2023 and be completed in 2026.

“TVS has the reputation, experience and vision that will make our convention center a memorable destination in its own right, and Bennett Partners is a well-respected local expert in the industry,” said Mike Crum, Director of Public Events. for the city of Fort Worth. “With all the momentum on the southeast side of downtown with new residential properties, new hotels, and the expansion of the Texas A&M campus, we look forward to hosting bigger events and more visitors than ever before. Fort Worth.”

Based in Atlanta, TVS is one of the world’s leading convention center designers with major construction, expansion and renovation projects in Las Vegas, New York, Nashville, Puerto Rico, Panama, Canada and throughout China.

“Fort Worth is an incredible destination with huge untapped potential to attract the widest range of meetings and events,” said Rob Svedberg, Principal of TVS. “TVS is thrilled to be a part of this historic project that will put Fort Worth at the forefront of the most important industry trends, anchor the south side of Main Street and energize the entire convention district.”

Award-winning architectural planning and design firm Bennett Partners brings extensive community knowledge to the project. Their recent developments in Fort Worth include the restoration of historic horse and mule barns in the stockyards, the downtown Frost Tower, the Kimpton Harper Hotel, the Fort Worth Zoo Living Art Museum and buildings. Westbrook and Cassidy from Sundance Square Plaza.

“Like many of us in the Fort Worth area, I grew up attending events at the arena and convention center, so I’m especially honored that a Fort Worth-based company has a meaningful role. on the design team,” Michael said. Bennett, director and CEO of Bennett Partners. “This is a fantastic opportunity for Fort Worth to create a true convention district that will catalyze additional development in the southern portion of downtown.”

The expansion of the convention center, which had been planned for several years to accommodate conventions and larger group meetings, was about to begin with solid funding from hotel occupancy taxes when the COVID-19 shutdown began in 2020. After a pandemic-induced pause, the Fort Worth City Council approved $52 million in U.S. federal funds under the U.S. Bailout Act in December 2021 to support the first phase of the planned expansion of the city-owned convention center.

Broaddus & Associates Inc. acts as project manager in partnership with Elements of Architecture Inc.

The second phase of the project will include the demolition of the 1968 arena and the creation of approximately 97,000 square feet of net new showroom space, 48,000 square feet of flexible meeting rooms, a new 50,000 ballroom square feet (twice the size of the current ballroom), as well as renovations to the current facility, which was expanded in 2003. This phase will be funded when hospitality taxes are recovered to the point where they can support issuing debt to finance the construction.

Photo: The first phase, shown in blue, includes the construction of new food service facilities, the demolition of the annex, the realignment of Commerce Street and the reconstruction of the loading docks.

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