Great news for the city of Cleveland. Its long-awaited $465 million Medical Mart & Convention Center will open early and under budget. City officials made the announcement on Wednesday, March 27, according to The Plain Dealer newspaper.
The 1 million-square-foot complex is located at St. Clair Avenue and Ontario Street, in the city’s downtown. It will feature a four-story, 235,000-square-foot Medical Mart facility attached below grade to a convention center with 230,000 square feet of Class A exhibit space. Also included are approximately 90,000 square feet of high-tech, flexible meeting rooms; a 32,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom that will be the largest venue in the city; and an 11,000-square-foot Junior Ballroom.
With the convention center built underground, the project allows for more than seven acres of green space. The complex is designed to achieve LEED Silver certification. It is anchored by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, Philips Healthcare, GE Healthcare, Johnson Controls, the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals.
Merchandise Mart Properties Inc. teamed up with Cuyahoga County to create the combined medical mart and convention center. Seattle-based LMN Architects designed the project, while the Cleveland office of Turner Construction Co. is the design-build contractor.
The Cleveland Medical Mart & Convention Center is the largest project in downtown Cleveland history and the only facility in the world targeted specifically to the medical and healthcare industries. The project was started in January 2011 and is now more than 90 percent complete. It was initially scheduled to open July 19 but is now expected to be completed June 1.
Last week, Forbes Magazine recognized Cleveland as one of 15 U.S. cities with emerging downtowns. The Medical Mart & Convention Center was among the important developments that helped the city make the list. Another Ohio city, Cincinnati, was also among Forbes’ top 15.
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