July 26, 2006

The Pasadena (Calif.) City Council approved last week a $120 million expansion for the Pasadena Conference Center that will nearly double the current amount of exhibit space to 57,600 square feet and add a 24,800-square-foot ballroom. The expansion is expected to be complete in early 2009.

The design team for the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center settled out of court with the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority last week, agreeing to pay $24 million for a leaky roof and other design flaws, many of which were identified and corrected with temporary fixes during initial construction, according to the MCCA. Most of the errors were related to the roof-drainage system, air-handling units and roadway-expansion joints and drains. The settlement money will cover previously incurred construction costs and the development of permanent solutions to the problems. None of the flaws affect the convention experience at the center, according to an MCCA spokesperson. The design team for the center included HNTB Corporation, Rafael Vinoly Architects, R.G. Vanderweil Associations, Inc., and Shen Milsom & Wilkie, Inc.

The Spokane (Wash.) Convention Center expansion had its dedication ceremony last Wednesday, as city officials and community members gathered to reveal a plaque in honor of the taxpayers who funded the $90 million facility. The 100,000-square-foot Group Health Exhibit Hall, which began hosting events in June, still expects to gain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification for its eco-friendly measures.