Unanimously approved during the July 14 Board meeting of the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority (LVCVA), which manages the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), was a $4 million improvement to the parking lot adjacent to the facility’s South Hall. Once completed, the multi-functional lot can serve as paid parking, outdoor exhibit space or for additional marshalling.
The parking lot site located on Sierra Vista Drive formerly housed five residential apartment complexes, which were purchased by LVCVA and demolished between 2012 and 2013. Approximately 14 acres of land, which includes the existing Silver 4 Lot, will be graded, paved, landscaped and fenced to provide 1,310 additional parking spaces as well as “additional access points…allowing for improved traffic flows within the Convention Center campus.”
Retained in February 2015, the Board commissioned G.C. Wallace to engineer its design and approved Las Vegas Paving Corporation during the Board meeting for the $4.73 million construction project.
Board members confirmed that SEMA, the premier automotive specialty product show produced by the Specialty Equipment Market Association, has already expressed interest in utilizing the lot as additional outdoor exhibit space. Held in Las Vegas since 1977, the show is signed on through 2017 and brings about 130,000 attendees to the city each year.
Also reported at the July Board meeting were 20 tradeshows booked at LVCC in 2015 Q2. Altogether, the events drew 474,000 attendees, resulting in $674 million total economic impact for Las Vegas.