by Sarah J.F. Braley | September 29, 2017
To conduct a study to determine the future of the Baltimore Convention Center, the Maryland Stadium Authority has hired LMN Architects, a Seattle-based design firm and Baltimore-based architect Ayers Saint Gross. The city is exploring the expansion of its center, which currently has 300,000 square feet of exhibit space and 85,000 square feet of breakout space, as well as the addition of a headquarters hotel and an arena.
 
"This project has the opportunity to shape the future of downtown Baltimore, connecting neighborhoods, building community, and creating a place for broader social and civic engagement, while enhancing the economic vitality of the city," said Mark Reddington, FAIA, design partner for LMN Architects on the project. "We are honored to be a part of this talented team, and to work on such a pivotal project for the City of Baltimore."
 
LMN Architects, which has worked on more than 80 convention center projects around the world, will lead the development of a master plan and will work on the convention center part of the study. Perkins Eastman, a New York-based design firm, will focus on the hotel development. Populous, a design firm that recently worked on the expanded Anaheim (Calif.) Convention Center, will focus on the arena component. Clark Construction of Bethesda, Md., also is part of the study team. 
 
As the MSA is trying to determine the best solution for both the city and the state, the team will study four alternative development options: an expanded and renovated convention center; an expanded and renovated convention center that incorporates an arena; an expanded and renovated convention center that incorporates a new hotel, or an expanded and renovated convention center that incorporates both an arena and a new hotel.
 
Funding for the study is being provided by public and private sources, including the city and state. Based on the recommendations, a second phase of the study might be authorized in the future.