Planned Expansion Would Double Size of Seattle's Washington State Convention Center

The Washington State Convention Center in Seattle has unveiled plans for a $1.4 billion expansion that would double the facility's current offering, The Seattle Times reported last week.

The proposed plan would turn what is currently a bus station into a five-story exhibition center with approximately 440,000 square feet of usable space, giving the Washington State Convention Center nearly 1 million square feet of space compared to 414,722 square feet currently.

"Seattle has less capacity than rival convention facilities in Denver, Portland, and Vancouver," noted The Seattle Times, which also highlighted the benefit to local hotels -- including a planned 45-story convention center hotel that will be the largest hotel north of San Francisco. "In addition to reeling in more convention groups, a second exhibition facility would help local hotels fill rooms throughout the week."

Construction on the expansion -- which could bring up to 25 new conventions to Seattle a year -- is expected to begin in early 2017 and conclude in 2020.

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