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$10 Million Expansion Planned for Washington Convention Center

The Walter E. Washington Convention Center is already mind-bogglingly colossal. But apparently, there are not enough meeting rooms. Authorities are requesting $10 million to retro-fit the building, according to the Washington Examiner:

The plan is to transform roughly 45,000 square feet on either side of the grand lobby into prime meeting space, offices and restrooms to accommodate more events and attract more business. “Sky walls” that drop down from the ceiling will be installed to separate the areas, currently used for event registration, when needed.

The $850 million convention center will end the year having hosted about 185 events, O’Dell said, up from about 151 in 2007. But the venue’s schedule is bounded by its lack of an adjacent hotel and its inflexibility for multiple simultaneous events. A consultant retained by the authority determined that the convention center was short about 75,000 square feet of meeting and ballroom space.

The proposal must be approved by the D.C. Council.