The Forum Building and Barcelona International Convention Center opens on May 9. The 140-acre venue offers 115,000 square feet of exhibit space and can accommodate 18,200 visitors.
By an eight-to-three vote, county commissioners in Shelby County, Tenn., last week rejected the proposed $17.8 million settlement with Clark Construction Group over renovation cost overruns at the Memphis Cook Convention Center. Despite intense lobbying efforts by Clark, which included enlisting support from former U.S. Senator and Ambassador to China Jim Sasser, local officials felt the settlement favored the Bethesda, Md.-based construction giant at the expense of local taxpayers. "My feeling was that the matter should not be settled at this time in the range that the resolution proposed," said Shelby County Commissioner Julian Bolton. Attorneys for Shelby County and Memphis will now prepare for the Federal trial brought by Clark, set to begin May 2005.