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PRESS RELEASE|November 17 2014

Seattle-based LMN Selected for WSCC Addition Design Services

The team of LMN + GGN + SHoP is the apparent successful submitter in the competition to provide design services for the planned Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) facility expansion project, subject to completion of contract negotiations. The existing WSCC is located at 800 Convention Place in downtown Seattle. 

Seattle-based LMN will lead the team as the prime architect. Seattle-based GGN (Gustafson Guthrie Nichol) will be responsible for urban design and landscape, and New York City-based SHoP will be a resource for co-development planning. 

Since opening in 1988, the WSCC has been a meetings industry leader in service quality, innovation and revenue generation. The existing multi-level facility hosts more than 40 national conventions annually in addition to a variety of regional and local events on any given day. Demand continues to grow for high-quality exhibitions and meeting space, especially for associations in the medical, scientific and technical fields. The center's 205,700 square feet of heavy-load exhibition space no longer meets the needs of an increasing number of conventions, tradeshows, and local and regional corporate clients. 

The addition project is intended to more than double the size of the existing facility. Features of the new facility, which is proposed to be constructed to the northeast of the existing facility, are approximately 300,000 square feet of heavy-load exhibit space, approximately 135,000 square feet of meeting/break-out space, and an additional ballroom. Construction is planned to begin in early 2017 and be completed in 2020. 


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