By Don Douloff, March 13, 2008
The $2.37-million Reno-Sparks Convention Center west-plaza expansion has opened. The six-month construction project lowered and leveled approximately two-thirds of an acre in front of the convention centre’s concourse C, facing Virginia Street. Contractors developed a new limousine staging and parking area, added lighting, improved disabled-ramp access and enhanced the Virginia Street entrance with landscaping.
The west-plaza expansion is part of a plan to join the 35-acre site surrounding the convention centre into one contiguous super-block. Since the plan was initiated in the early 1990s, the convention centre and surrounding acreage has undergone significant transformation, most notably with the $105-million convention-centre expansion/renovation completed in 2002 and the 2004 relocation of the Lake Mansion.
Upcoming improvements include a sky bridge, slated for completion later this year.