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Renovations at Tampa Convention Center Making Major Progress

By Kirstin Albert, Communications Coordinator - Tampa Convention Center

Construction at Tampa Convention Center in Downtown Tampa is making significant progress.

You can see a video tour of the progress and more updates here:

The construction company contracted for the project, Skanska, has finished installing new, ADA accessible ramps on the Tampa Riverwalk. These ramps increase access for people walking, running, or biking along the Riverwalk in front of Tampa Convention Center.

Skanska is also completing waterproofing of the exterior walls on the new façade of Tampa Convention Center.

The project is on track to be finished in late June 2023.

The construction is a part of a Capital Improvement Project, the largest renovation project in history for Tampa Convention Center. The upgrades will improve the customer experience for event planners who bring their events to Tampa Convention Center and will increase efficiency and cost savings.

The project includes an expansion of Tampa Convention Center, adding new waterfront rooms to the venue that will be used as flexible meeting and event space. The rooms will feature outdoor space with a terrace overlooking the water.

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Tampa Convention Center Releases Updated Renderings of Renovated Facade

By Kirstin Cook, Communications Coordinator - Tampa Convention Center

Tampa Convention Center has released new, updated renderings of its renovated facade. The upgrades are a part of the $38 million Capital Improvement Campaign, which is well underway in the construction phase.

The updated facade is the face of the Tampa Convention Center that overlooks the Tampa Riverwalk. The modern look was designed by Baker Barrios Architects, Inc., and they have evolved the renderings as the project has progressed.

The facade includes an addition to the Tampa Convention Center, adding another 18,000 square feet of meeting space. That space includes 18 new waterfront meeting rooms, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows with breathtaking views of the Garrison Channel in Downtown Tampa.

Construction of these new waterfront meeting rooms is making progress and projected to be completed in 2023. Installation of the roof on the addition is nearly complete, as is the installation of the window glass.

Temporary Rerouting of Riverwalk

Temporary Rerouting of Riverwalk to begin October 13, 2021 for Building Construction

Tampa, FL (October 6, 2021) – A portion of the Riverwalk between W Platt Street/Channelside Drive and S Harbour Island Boulevard will close beginning on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 for building construction.  A private contractor will be renovating the Tampa Convention Center at 333 S Franklin Street adjacent to the Riverwalk.

The Riverwalk between the Platt Street Bridge and the south side of the Tampa Convention Center (Sail Plaza) will close beginning at 9 am on October 13, 2021.

Riverwalk access between Platt Street Bridge and the Sail Plaza will be maintained via a designated Riverwalk detour route at all times during the construction. 

Access to the Cross Bay Ferry St Pete-Tampa dock will only be available from the south side of the Tampa Convention Center.

The Riverwalk will reopen by 4 pm on Friday, December 23, 2022, weather permitting. 

The City of Tampa recommends that pedestrians use the designated Riverwalk detour route between Platt Street Bridge and the Sail Plaza. A high-resolution map with the City of Tampa’s designated Riverwalk detour route can be found embedded below.

Big upgrades

Tampa Convention Center will upgrade to 18 NEW waterfront meeting rooms! 

The $38 million Capital Improvement Plan is the largest renovation project in Tampa Convention Center history and will result in better customer experience, increased efficiency, and cost savings. This will support Tampa's tourism industry and continue to make our city shine as a top destination to discover.