Convention Center 96% Complete

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

Convention Center 96% Complete:

How it looks today versus a year ago

The $620 million renovation of the Convention Center is 96% complete. This week, Mayor Dan Gelber led presidents of neighborhood associations on a behind the scenes tour of the progress. We got to tag along and compare it to a year ago.

A few fun facts: The new Convention Center has 1.4 million square feet, a 60,000 square foot ballroom that can seat 4,000 for dinner with a ceiling design that mimics a school of manta rays, and a 10,000 square foot kitchen with an oven that can bake 3,000 cookies in five minutes. Have you read that anywhere else?

 
Exhibit and front hall, August 2017

 
Front hall, August 2017

 
Front hall, October 2018

 
Convention Center Project Manager Maria Hernandez talks with neighborhood association presidents. Left, Mayor Dan Gelber. Right, Commissioner Ricky Arriola.

 
West side exhibit hall and front entrance, August 2017

 
Mayor Dan Gelber cuts the ribbon at this week's Auto Show in the finished exhibit hall. Photo courtesy City of Miami Beach.

 
Hall and pre-function space outside Grand Ballroom, August 2017

 
Hall and pre-function space outside Grand Ballroom, October 2018


 
An entrance to the Grand Ballroom, October 2018


 
Parts of the Grand Ballroom under construction, August 2017


 
Grand Ballroom, October 2018


 
Grand Ballroom ceiling, October 2018


 
Central kitchen, October 2018

 
Mayor Dan Gelber listens as David Martin, developer of the proposed Convention Center Hotel, discusses the upcoming ballot initiative for the Hotel lease. Click photo for story.

 
Construction was specifically planned around this old banyan tree on the northeast side of the Convention Center.


 
View of the Carl Fisher Clubhouse which is about to undergo restoration. It will be used as additional function space. Click to read our story.

 
West side, December 2017

 
West side, October 2018. Once the construction trailers clear out, the surface parking lot next to the Convention Center will be converted to a park. Click to read our story.

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