SAVANNAH, Ga .– (BUSINESS WIRE) – Clark Construction Group today joined Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, representatives from the Savannah-Georgia Convention Center Authority (SGCCA), and city and state leaders to celebrate the start of construction on the highly anticipated Savannah Convention Center expansion project . Clark Construction is acting as site manager and general contractor.
The $ 271 million expansion will double the Convention Center’s exhibition space to 200,000 square feet, add a 58-foot hangar door, 40,000 square foot ballroom, 15 additional meeting rooms, and a parking garage with 900 parking spaces. The project will enable Savannah to stand up for major conventions and events, driving significant economic growth for the city, Chatham County, and the state of Georgia. The implementation of the project will also benefit the local economy and is expected to create up to 600 construction jobs over the next 27 months.
The groundbreaking ceremony marks a pivotal milestone in the project’s history, which began in 2017 when the Georgia General Assembly first approved the first funding for the start of the design effort in collaboration with Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates (tvsdesign) and Savannah of Atlanta-based Hanson Architects – the two companies that designed the original convention center.
Clark started pre-construction on the project in October 2018. For the past 28 months, the company has worked closely with the heads of the SGCCA, Georgia State Financing, and the Investment Commission (GSFIC) to support extensive budgeting efforts, design development, and advancements in subcontracting.
“Clark Construction was selected for this project because of its experience building convention centers across the United States,” said Marvin Woodward, assistant director of GSFIC construction. “We are definitely looking forward to working with you on this major project.”
The Savannah Convention Center Expansion Project is the latest in Clark’s portfolio of world-class public assembly works, spanning nearly 22 million square feet for convention centers. Previous projects include the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee, the Los Angeles Convention Center, the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, and the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, Illinois. Clark is also part of the team currently delivering the Washington State Convention Center Addition in Seattle, Washington.
The expansion also adds to Clark’s list of active projects in the Southeast, including the expansion of the Airplane Trane Tunnel at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the Redstone Arsenal Innovation Center in Huntsville, Alabama, the Cantonal Sewage Treatment Plant in Canton, Georgia, and the Albion in the Gulch in Nashville, Tennessee. Most recently, Clark delivered the new main building for the PGA TOUR in Ponte Vedre, Florida.
“We are delighted to be working with SGCCA to achieve their vision and deliver a world-class facility to the city of Savannah,” said Keith Couch, Clark senior vice president, who oversees construction on the project.
The project is expected to be completed in 2023. The Savannah Convention Center will remain open throughout the expansion project.
About the Clark Construction Group
Clark Construction Group, LLC, is one of the most experienced and respected providers of construction and construction services companies in the United States, with annual sales of approximately $ 5 billion. The company is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland and has strategically located offices to serve customers across the country. More information is available at www.clarkconstruction.com.