Convention Center Renovation New Public Concourse

The Memphis Convention Center is being reimagined with a game-changing renovation that includes enhancements to the building’s interior and exterior. Every square inch of the convention center will be touched by this project, bringing hotel-quality finishes and amenities that are desired by meeting planners and their delegates. The convention reinvention vision is for meeting spaces that embrace the river and skyline views along with outdoor terraces, glass-enclosed concourses, pre-function space, and 46 breakout meeting rooms.

When complete in the Fall of 2020, the Memphis Convention Center will feature a column-free 118,000-square-foot main exhibit hall, a new exterior concourse and pre-function space, 46 breakout rooms, a secondary flex space that easily converts to a 67,500-square-foot ballroom, the largest in the region, and a 28,000-square foot ballroom to host smaller events. The renovation will also include public art, and digital wayfinding, and additional loading docks for easier load in and load out. 

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Inspired by our community’s deep musical heritage and recent trends in readapting existing assets, LRK of Memphis partnered with tvsdesign to develop plans for a facility that meet the needs of Memphis and meeting planners. Their vision will allow for additional meeting rooms with outdoor terraces and glass enclosed concourses, prefunction and meetings spaces that embrace the river and skyline views while adding valuable square footage and amenities.

This partnership has allowed us to reimagine the facility into a modern building with amenities that are expected within convention centers today, resulting in: 

» Large-scale event space and amenities that entice people from across the globe to continue to choose Memphis as the venue for their visitors and dollars.
» Artistic nods to our community’s cultural roots and world-renowned reputation for soul and rock ‘n roll music.
» Natural light seeping through the entire interior of the building, thanks to new floor-to-ceiling windows on every level.
» Direct views of the Mississippi River and the Memphis Bridge to the west, Bass Pro Shops Pyramid to the north, and our downtown skyline to the south.
» Updated and enclosed access to Sheraton Hotel to the north.
» Easy foot and trolley line access to restaurants, hotels, shops, entertainment venues and businesses throughout the Pinch District, Downtown Core and South Main District.

This scenario of reinvigorating existing built structures and saving millions of dollars, the Memphis Convention Center is attaining the necessary $175 million in project funding through: 

» Visitors/Tourism: Visitors to Memphis who stay in hotels and motels will pay an additional 1.8% on their final lodging bill.
» Tourism Development Zone Funds: TDZ designation has already been approved for the neighborhood in which the convention center sits. 

Project Milestones

Early and Mid 2017
Design and Pre-Construction Services to Set Vision Looney Ricks Kiss, tvsdesign and MFA a Memphis joint venture
February 2018 Initial Bid Solicitation for Construction Team
April 2018
Design Modifications
Review and Re-structuring of Bid Process to include
June 2018 Bid Promotion Process
September 2018 Revised Document Release and Call for Bids 
Visit for bidding details
October 2018 Diversity Workshop & Pre-bid Meetings
November 2018 Bid Review & Construction Team Awarded
December 2018 Construction Begins
Fall 2020 Transformation is Complete


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Contact Kevin Kern, Vice President of Public Relations / 901.543.5320