In 2015, the Board of County Commissioners approved moving forward with expanding the size of the Broward County Convention Center and adding a new headquarters hotel. After an extensive procurement process, Matthews Southwest Inc., (MSW) a nationally renowned and highly accomplished developer, was ranked as the #1 development firm by the Board.
With an addition of flexible indoor and outdoor contemporary event space, the County expects to attract more convention business with the enhanced mix of accommodations, meeting space and amenities. When completed, the expanded Convention Center will boast more than 1,200,000 sf, including a 350,000 sf contiguous exhibition hall, a new 65,000 sf waterfront ballroom, the latest in new technology, new dining concepts, enhanced water taxi access, and an iconic waterfront plaza with public access.
The Convention Center expansion project will add an additional 525,000+ square feet of meeting space and an upscale 800-room headquarters hotel. It takes full advantage of the amenities of this beautifully scenic location on the Intracoastal Waterway, focused on a mix of activities associated with the Intracoastal and nearby Port Everglades, consistently ranked as one of the three busiest cruise ports in the world. The total cost of the project is estimated to be in the neighborhood of $900 million.
The Convention Center is South Florida’s premiere waterfront conference center – a stunning 600,000 square foot LEED EB Gold Certified facility, just a five-minute drive from Broward County's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and less than one mile from Broward County’s famed Blue Wave Beaches.
The combined effect of the expansion and new hotel with public spaces and waterfront amenities is expected to bolster the local economy by more than $100 million a year, by attracting more convention center and trade show business, increasing tourism and creating jobs in Broward County. The expansion and hotel projects are expected to create over 1,000 full and part time local jobs.
The premier event, set for September 25-27, 2019 at the Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, brings together more than 500 Florida CPAs from around the state and vendors that offer real-world business solutions.
The City of Fort Lauderdale has declared a state of emergency due to a water main break near the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. The water supply to the city has been shut off for repair, affecting the Broward County Convention Center. It is estimated to take 24-hours to restore the water main line.
After welcoming over 6 million+ guests to the Center over the years, I often think about all the learning, growth and fun that has taken place in our building over the years.