Tampa Convention Center nominated for urban excellence award

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Florida Construction News staff writer

The Tampa Convention Center capital project completed last June is nominated for an Urban Excellence Awards from the Tampa Downtown Partnership.

Construction was completed by Skanska USA in partnership with the design firm Baker Barrios Architects and Convergence Design.

The total cost of the project was approximately $44.5 million, including $38 million for Phase 2. Skanska was able to manage the project budget to allow for savings that the Tampa Convention Center used to fund additional renovations.

For more information on the Capital Improvement Project at the Tampa Convention Center, go to https://www.tampa.gov/tcc/capital-improvements.

It was the largest renovation project at the site since it opened in 1990, and work included an expansion with 18 new waterfront meeting rooms, upgrades to ballrooms, existing meeting rooms, restrooms, and concession stands, along with updated lighting, paint, and carpet throughout the building. The center also improved its outdoor event space on the Tampa Riverwalk.

The center is also being considered for the 2024 People’s Choice Award, which includes all Urban Excellence Award finalists. The public can vote for the center here: https://tampadowntownpartnership.growthzoneapp.com/ap/Form/Fill/p513zixp

Winners will be announced during an event on Feb 21 and will be selected by an awards jury representing a cross-section of Downtown Tampa.

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