Convention Center planning $14.5 million renovation

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June 26, 2014
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

The Minneapolis Convention Center will undergo a $14.5 million renovation over the next two years as it prepares for its busiest event schedule in a decade, according to Convention Center leaders. 

The Visitor Information Center will get a makeover and be moved closer to the Convention Center's main entrance on 2nd Avenue South, and there are plans for a new mezzanine level and a new bar in the lobby area, according to a news release from Meet Minneapolis Convention & Visitors Association. 

Other upgrades include new carpet for second-floor meeting spaces and lobbies, new energy-efficient escalators, color-changing LED lights and new artwork from Corporate Art Force highlighting local artists.

“We are using this art to highlight the creative community of Minneapolis to our hundreds of thousands of visitors each year,” said Jeff Johnson, MCC executive director. “And doing so will also add some texture and interest to our 1.6 million square feet of space.”

The changes are designed to make the Convention Center more environmentally friendly and welcoming for visitors.