Skanska selected to lead $38 million Tampa Convention Center renovation and expansion

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Skanska says it has been selected to spearhead the $38 million Tampa Convention Center Improvement Project.

Skanska will work closely with Baker Barrios Architects in the design-build project that will be completed in two phases and include updates to several building infrastructure components, the installation of the newest convention venue technologies and incorporate several sustainability initiatives.

Phase One will consist of the renovation of existing meeting rooms and upgrades to facility elevators, while Phase Two will see the demolition of the existing pre-cast structure at the Riverwalk façade. Phase Two will also include the construction of 18,000 sq. ft. of new meeting room space with waterfront views, the modernization of existing meeting room and ballroom areas, and the completion of extensive heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) upgrades.

“Given Skanska’s relationship with the Tampa community, the company’s selection to spearhead the Convention Center’s renovation and expansion is an incredible honor for our team,” Michael C. Brown, executive vice-president and general manager of Skanska’s Florida building operations, said in an Oct. 26 statement.

“The Tampa Convention Center has been a crown jewel in downtown Tampa since it first opened in 1990. As Tampa continues to rise as a global city, this latest investment will bring long-term economic value to the community and further solidify downtown Tampa’s standing as a premier destination for meetings, conferences, and exhibition events.”

The project is slated for completion in July of 2023. Skanska and Baker Barrios, in conjunction with Convergence Design, also provided master planning services for a major expansion of the convention center facility.

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