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June 19, 2015

Skanska-Hunt picked as GC/CM for convention center expansion

The joint-venture team of Skanska and Hunt Construction Group has been selected as the GC/CM for the $1.4 billion expansion of the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

Plans call for doubling the size of the convention center with 250,000 square feet of exhibit space, 120,000 square feet of meeting room space, and an additional ballroom. New space will be built northeast of the existing convention center.

Skanska/Hunt still needs to finish contract negotiations. Previous estimates put the construction budget between $700 million and $800 million.

Construction is scheduled to begin in 2017 and finish in 2020.

Skanska/Hunt was competing against two other shortlisted joint-venture teams: Mortenson Construction and PCL Construction Services; and Clark Construction Group and Lease Crutcher Lewis.

Pine Street Group is the project manager for the addition. LMN is the architect, MKA is providing structural and civil engineering services, and OAC Services is the GC/CM adviser.

The convention center opened in 1988. It hosts more than 40 national conventions annually, as well as a variety of regional and local events. However, its 205,700 square feet of exhibition space doesn't meet the needs of larger national conventions.

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