convention center: four shows impacted by irma

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Susan Askew
Susan Askew

convention center: four shows impacted by irma:

two shows cancelled, two moved

The main damage to Miami Beach's new convention center from Irma was in lost time. First there was the week of preparation securing the site and demobilizing, the storm itself, and one week after remobilizing after power was restored. In addition, the construction team, many of whom are from out of state, needed time to return.
As a result, four shows had to either cancel or be relocated. (The City is doing something unusual with this project by continuing to stage shows between construction phases.)
The affected shows include the Auto Show which was actually scheduled for the period the storm hit so there was no choice except cancellation.
Three other shows were either cancelled or moved due to the City not having enough time to get clearance from building and fire officials for occupancy by the general public after the storm. They are:
  • America’s Food & Beverage: Cancelled
  • ICFF Miami: relocated to the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale.
  • Jewelry Trade Show: Also relocated to the Broward County Convention Center
The issue with gaining clearance for occupancy had to do with hurricane preparation efforts which included “precautionary measures to avoid the possibility of storm surge damage to temporary fire walls and life safety partitions,” according to the City. “This included partial removal of drywall below 4 feet as well as other measures. These walls could not be re-built and re-certified on time for the building to be cleared for occupancy for any event.”
The big show, of course, is Art Basel which will be here in December 2017. The City says, “There was no impact to the exhibit hall gallery area or the newly completed east entrance or support areas.” It is working with Art Basel Miami Beach, the construction team, and building and fire officials to determine which areas will be available for use on the West entrance along Convention Center Drive.  
The City has not yet quantified the costs of the delays. It is focusing on documenting them for insurance agencies for potential builder's risk insurance claims and/or FEMA reimbursement.

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Susan Askew
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