LMN Architects Reportedly Chosen as Lead for Washington State Convention Center Expansion

As Seattle continues to grow in terms of office and residential real estate, the city has for some time remarked the need of expanding its offering in terms of major events. To that effect, the Washington State Convention Center has announced that a team consisting of GGN, LMN Architects and SHoP is on track to win the competition meant to select an expansion of the center. According to recent reports, negotiations and a legal agreement are the only things keeping officials from an announcement.

The city of Seattle has for some time noted the need to expand its ability to host major events. Now, the Washington State Convention Center has announced that a team consisting of GGN, LMN Architects and SHoP is on track to win a competition intended to expand the center. According to recent reports, negotiations and a legal agreement are the only things keeping officials from an announcement.

LMN Architects would lead the team as the prime architect, responsible for local entity Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, who would act as the urban designer and landscape architect, and New York City-based SHoP, which would act as a resource for co-development planning. According to The Puget Sound Business Journal, the other finalists have not been revealed. With construction set to start on the expansion in 2017 and completion by 2020, the development process is estimated to cost investors around $1 billion. According to the current development guidelines, the expansion should add around 300,000 square feet of exhibit space, 135,000 square feet of meeting space, as well as a ballroom.

LMN Architects’ current portfolio includes projects such as the Vancouver Convention Centre West, University of Washington Foster School of Business, University Place Pedestrian Bridge, Benaroya Hall, the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts and the Conrad Prebys Music Center. The company has wide experience in completing projects like this, making it a good choice for the convention center expansion.

Image: WSCC South Lobby Exterior

courtesy of wscc.com