Pennsylvania Convention Center Expansion Under Way - 2007-08-22

The first building of the Pennsylvania Convention Center expansion was demolished in August.

"The construction of the expansion alone will create nearly 2,500 jobs for the duration of the project, with at least $300 million in total earnings,” said Michael J. Masch, the state Secretary of the Budget and an ex officio member of the Convention Center Authority board.

Once completed, the Pennsylvania Convention Center will be able to accommodate the largest conventions and tradeshows, or host two major conventions simultaneously, with one million square feet of saleable space – more than doubling the building’s current size. The center will also feature the largest convention ballroom space on the East Coast and a total of 87 meeting rooms. For customers, this means more available booking dates and flexible space. For the community, this means 2,000 new hospitality-related jobs equaling more than $150 million in regional economic impact annually.