When Miami Beach was looking for a major renovation and expansion of its Convention Center, www.miamibeachconvention.com, Miami Beach, Fla., a significant factor was comprehensive needs. To provide this complex solution, Miami Beach Convention Center chose Hill Intl., www.hillintl.com, Marlton, NJ. Hill Intl. will contract with the City of Miami Beach to provide owner’s representative services in connection with the $500 million renovation and expansion of the Miami Beach Convention Center.

The City plans include renovation and expansion of the Convention Center to “Class A” standards, in a manner that best meets the needs of its target market. The project includes all exhibit halls, meeting rooms, pre-function, and support spaces such as loading docks, kitchens, bathrooms, MEP systems, and exterior areas. In addition, the facility will be expanded to accommodate a new ballroom and meeting space. The three-and-a-half-year contract has an estimated value to Hill of approximately $4.0 million.

The Miami Beach Convention Center, as originally built in 1957, encompassed 108,000 sq.ft. Succeeding expansions increased the facility to its current footprint of approximately 1.2 million sq.ft., including approximately 502,000 sq.ft. of exhibition space and 126,000 sq.ft. of meeting space. The facility currently hosts approximately 145 events annually, including internationally recognized events such as Art Basel Miami Beach. lt also hosts rotating conventions, meetings and a number of annual trade shows.

Additionally, the project will include the conversion of approximately 880 surface parking spaces into a
6.5-acre public park and refurbishment of the Convention Center Drive and the Collins Canal seawall. New parking replacing the existing spaces will be incorporated on the roof of the building.

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