by Leo Jakobson | April 10, 2018
New plans for the Las Vegas Convention Center's (LVCC) forthcoming $860 million expansion were unveiled today.
At a board meeting of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), designs for the 1.4 million-square-foot expansion of the LVCC's existing 3.2 million square feet showed a fluid, wave-like exterior design featuring a glass wall and a replica of the iconic "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign prominently set above the main lobby.

"Our biggest goal was to give Las Vegas a convention center that will be iconic, with a design that nods to all of the very unique architecture in the city's history, while also providing contemporary, cohesive design aesthetic across the entire property," said Rob Svedberg, principal of tvsdesign, which created the design, in a statement. "Being iconic in Las Vegas is different than being iconic in other places, and we really want this building to be unique in the marketplace and provide something no other convention center can, while also having a strong identity, so that when someone sees it, they immediately know that it's the Las Vegas Convention Center." 

Built on land once occupied by the old Riviera, the Strip-facing facility will have at least 600,000 square feet of the new exhibit space. The expansion, scheduled to open in time for the massive CES 2021 show at the beginning of the year, is the second phase of the project. Phase three is a complete renovation of the existing 3.2 million-square-foot convention center. That is scheduled for completion by 2023.

"This is one of the most important days in the history of the LVCVA," said Rossi Ralenkotter, CEO of the LVCVA. "These drawings show a modern, innovative design that is as iconic as our vibrant city," chief executive officer. "Southern Nevada's economy is driven by tourism and this expansion will propel our convention center forward to enable us to maintain our status as the number one trade show destination in North America." 

The approximately 22,000 meetings, conventions, and exhibitions held every year in Las Vegas directly support 54,800 jobs paying wages and salaries of $2.3 billion. About 21 percent of the city's convention attendees used the LVCC, accounting for 8,600 jobs paying $375 million in wages.