Raleigh Convention Center reno project ready to go

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North Carolina Construction News staff writer

The $387.5 million expansion of the Raleigh Convention Center is about to break ground, with Clancy & Theys, Skanska, D.A. Everett joint venture acting as construction manager working with international architecture firm TVS and local partner RATIO Design to design and build the project.

Adding 300,000 square feet and 30 meeting rooms to the existing facility, construction is expected to be completed in 2028. The site will also house the Red Hat Amphitheater, which is moving one block south from its current location into a 6,000-person capacity space. Red Hat’s new digs should be ready by 2026.

A joint venture with Skanska, Clancy & Theys, and D.A. Everett is managing the construction of the convention center expansion, which was designed by TVS and RATIO Design. Cumming Group and Cate Services are the owner’s reps on this project.

Last August, Wake County commissioners approved the funding for this project, using tax money from hotel stays and restaurant meals. Thirty-two million dollars of funding will pay for the relocation of Red Hat Amphitheater. Another $75 million in funding will go toward the hotel’s construction.

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