Convention Center Expansion Ahead of Schedule in Philly

Expansion of the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Center City Philadelphia is ahead of schedule, according to the Philadelphia Business Journal, which recently reported that construction on some aspects of the project is moving faster than expected.

The paper cited project lead Joseph Resta, who took local media on a hard-hat tour of the expansion last week. Mechanical operations were delivered ahead of schedule and most of the facility's major concrete work has been poured, according to Resta, who credits the economic downturn for speeding up work on the project. The global slowdown in construction, he said, allowed speedy delivery of some supplies—such as industrial-sized heating-and-cooling systems that often can take up to 18 months for delivery—that would have otherwise held up construction.

Upon completion in early 2011, the expanded Pennsylvania Convention Center will feature 440,000 square feet of exhibit space, up from 260,000 square feet in the current facility, which remains open during construction.