$1 billion expansion for Lauderdale Convention Center

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Rendering of the new Convention Center, photo credit: Visit Lauderdale

Pre-Function facing east, photo credit: Visit Lauderdale

The Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center is undergoing a $1 billion expansion. The transformed venue will be bigger than ever at 1.2 million sq. ft. with 350,000 sq. ft. of contiguous exhibit space and a spectacular 65,000 sq. ft. waterfront ballroom, plus a luxurious headquarters hotel, original dining concepts, enhanced water-taxi access and an expansive outdoor waterfront plaza.

Plans also include an upscale 800-room headquarters hotel operated by Omni Hotels and Resorts interconnected with the Convention Center. The project opens in phases beginning in November 2021 with full completion in 2024. If you book early you could qualify for free meeting space.

The Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center has been awarded Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance Gold certification from The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), an arm of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

The venue is the first convention center in Florida to be LEED certified on any level and one of only three in the nation to achieve LEED Gold certification for an Existing Building. Both the convention center expansion and new headquarters hotel​ are anticipated to be designated LEED Gold.

The expanded convention center incorporates ASM Global’s VenueShield protocol to provide hygienic safeguards while inspiring the confidence of planners and attendees, all in partnership with medical professionals and public health officials.

Hotels, attractions, restaurants, public facilities and businesses throughout Greater Fort Lauderdale are taking the Visit Lauderdale Safe + Clean Pledge to provide a unified message that health and safety standards and protections against the spread of COVID-19 are top priorities in the destination.

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