Savannah Convention Center Celebrates Construction Milestone

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On March 8, the Savannah Convention Center held a “Topping Out”
ceremony, a tradition to celebrate the last beam being placed for a
project. Representatives from the Savannah-Georgia Convention Center
Authority Board, Visit Savannah, and elected officials signed the steel
beam and celebrated the milestone. Georgia Governor Brian P. Kemp was on
hand to participate in the day of celebration.

“The topping out ceremony is a way of recognizing and appreciating the
hard work of the construction teams working on the Savannah Convention
Center expansion project,” said Joseph Marinelli, president of Visit
Savannah and  Vice-Chairman of the SGCCA Board. “It is a time-honored
tradition that celebrates the completion of the highest point of a
structure and marks the progress of the project. This milestone also
sends our customers and prospects a message that this project is
progressing as planned and will be open in January 2024.”

The $276 million expansion project will double the Convention Center’s
exhibit hall space to 200,000 square feet, add 40,000 square feet of
additional ballroom, a new 900-space parking garage, and much more.

“The expansion of the Savannah Convention Center is a welcome
development for the city and its citizens, thanks to Governor Kemp,”
said Mark Smith, Chairman of the Savannah-Georgia Convention Center
Authority Board. “Not only will it provide an impressive upgrade to the
existing facility, but the project has also created jobs for Georgians
with more than 1,168,000 man-hours already logged on the project.”

Expansion Project Numbers to Date:

     * Opening Q1 2024
    * $276M in funding secured for the expansion project
    * Creating 500 direct construction site jobs
    * More than 1,168,000 man-hours logged in construction
    * Currently, there are 34 events booked in new expansion space with
approximately $99.2M in economic impact
    * $114M was awarded to first-tier Georgia contractors, including $64M
to Savannah-based firms

Upon completion, the Savannah Convention Center will feature the
following:

     * 200,000 total sq. ft. of exhibit hall space
    * A 25,000 sq. ft. and a new 40,000 sq. ft. ballroom
    * 32 customizable breakout rooms
    * A new 58 ft. wide hangar door
    * A new 900-space parking garage
    * Additional outdoor space to enjoy Savannah’s beautiful weather

 *         New facility entrance with an all-glass façade

     * 403 adjacent hotel rooms (Westin), and coming soon, a NEW HQ hotel
to be announced (Developer: Brookfield Properties)

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