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Las Vegas Convention Center stays ‘fresh’ with $20 million in capital improvements

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© Las Vegas News Bureau

While working around tradeshows and events for two years, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) completed $20 million in improvements at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), the 3.2 million-square-foot facility it manages.

“The Las Vegas Convention Center is home to many of the top tradeshows in the country,” said Terry Jicinsky, senior vice president of operations, LVCVA. “It is important to keep the facility fresh and offer its more than a million yearly guests the convenience that will make conducting business in Las Vegas a success.”

A noticeable change is the façade of the LVCC. Two different shades of gray paint cover the once mauve exterior to create a modern look. In addition, eight acres was added to the Green Parking Lot, which is near Desert Inn Rd. and Swenson St. Designs are underway on two other parking lots to allow more convenience and access.

Inside, more than one-million square feet of new red carpet was installed. Upgraded lighting can be found in the Central and North Halls. These new fixtures deliver up to 20 percent more light with 42 percent less energy. The interior has also been painted.

In a worldwide first, Starbucks added a double-sided counter inside its recently expanded store. Being able to serve the customers from both sides of the counter has resulted in faster service.

American Express opened its OPEN Business Lounge inside the main entrance of the LVCC. The 3,400 square-foot lounge serves American Express OPEN card members and new applicants and offers refreshments, free Wi-Fi, computer and printer access, and seating for meetings or relaxation. It is the first OPEN Business Lounge on the West Coast.

All of the recent improvements will be integrated into future plans for Las Vegas Global Business District, an overarching vision for the LVCC and the surrounding area. The $2.5 billion Global Business District will create an international business destination by incorporating major renovations of the LVCC, leveraging the World Trade Center designation and developing transportation connectivity through a centralized hub.

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