At the time of construction, the Georgia World Congress Center was the largest construction contract entered into by the State of Georgia. The 700,000-sq.-ft. facility established Atlanta as a convention center city and stimulated development of over 5,000 new hotel rooms.
The DPR Hardin team was contracted to build Phases I, III and IV.
Phases I and III: Expansion and renovation of over 1,300,000 sq. ft. with several restaurants, an addition to the existing registration area, renovation of the administration and operations area, and a new central plant. Direct truck service for shipping and receiving is available to each area of the hall from a continuous dock.
Phase IV (in Joint Venture): 1,400,000-sq.-ft. expansion with 450,000 sq. ft. of exhibit halls, 29 meeting rooms, 2 lecture halls, 25,700-sq.-ft. ballroom, a new entrance on the western side of the facility, and rehab of an existing parking structure.
The Phase III Expansion of the Georgia World Congress Center increased the exhibit and public access space of the convention center by about one third, adding several restaurants, an addition to the existing registration area, renovation of the administration and operations areas totaling 585,000-sq.-ft. of construction.
Differing needs for the many areas of the new construction dictated that separate areas be completed and turned over ahead of schedule. The team literally had hundreds of turnover or completion constraints during the project to accommodate our client. Critical components of Phase III of the Georgia World Congress Center were finished ahead of schedule. The owner was able to successfully operate an ongoing convention center with new construction occurring adjacent, over, around and throughout his facility. None of the owner's convention and trade show bookings were canceled or delayed; indeed, some area turnovers, ahead of schedule, actually enhanced the Congress Center's revenue producing operations.
The Phase IV Expansion included two-tiered, fixed-seating lecture halls on the exhibit floor level, 29 flexible-space meeting rooms on the plaza and ballroom levels, and a boardroom in the upper concourse connector, which can also be used for meetings. Phase IV added: Total space: 1.4 million sq. ft.; Exhibit space: 420,000 sq. ft.; Meeting rooms: 75,000 sq. ft.; Ballroom: 25,700 sq. ft.; Landscaped plaza: 3.6 acres.
Located on the same level as the 420,000 sq. ft. of new exhibit space, the Georgia World Congress Center's new entrance and registration area leads directly into Phase IV's four exhibit halls. The design called for one dedicated show office for each of these halls. A 3.6-acre landscaped plaza provides open space between the GWCC's Phase IV expansion and the Georgia Dome. Covered access between Phase IV and the Georgia Dome and 500 parking spaces was constructed under the new plaza. The reception area outside the new 25,700-sq.-ft. ballroom overlooks the plaza. The GWCC's expansion provides separate covered arrival points, one for shuttle buses and one for taxis.