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Convention Center Expansion Planned

Five years after opening the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, District officials announced yesterday that a $10 million contract has been awarded to Forrester Joint Venture to add additional meeting rooms and 40,000 square feet to the 2.3 million square foot facility. The convention center brings approximately $500 million annually to the District coffers.

Gregory A. O'Dell, general manager and chief executive officer of the Washington Convention Center Authority, said the new project is a wise investment for the city.

"In the end, it is much more cost effective for us to retrofit the existing building, giving our customers the additional meeting space they need while reducing the cost by millions of dollars," O'Dell said in a statement announcing the contract had been awarded to the joint venture between District-based Columbia Enterprises and Forrester Construction Co. of Rockville.

The project is scheduled to begin in the spring and to be completed by the end of 2009.

Hamil R. Harris

By Hamil Harris  |  December 30, 2008; 4:22 PM ET
 
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Really? Everytime I go near the Convention Center, it's empty...and...aren't folks reducing the number of conventions and conferences held because of the economy? Is this wise?

Posted by: cleanconscience | January 3, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

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