On Wednesday, March 8, the Savannah Convention Center held a “Topping Out” ceremony, a tradition to celebrate the last beam being placed for a project. Representatives from the Savannah-Georgia Convention Center Authority Board, Visit Savannah, and elected officials signed the steel beam and celebrated the milestone.
“The topping out ceremony is a way of recognizing and appreciating the hard work of the construction teams working on the Savannah Convention Center expansion project,” said Joseph Marinelli, president of Visit Savannah and Vice-Chairman of the SGCCA Board. “It is a time-honored tradition that celebrates the completion of the highest point of a structure and marks the progress of the project. This milestone also sends our customers and prospects a message that this project is progressing as planned and will be open in January 2024.”
The $276 million expansion project will double the Convention Center’s exhibit hall space to 200,000 square feet, add 40,000 square feet of additional ballroom, a new 900-space parking garage, and much more.
“The expansion of the Savannah Convention Center is a welcome development for the city and its citizens, thanks to Governor Kemp,” said Mark Smith, Chairman of the Savannah-Georgia Convention Center Authority Board. “Not only will it provide an impressive upgrade to the existing facility, but the project has also created jobs for Georgians with more than 1,168,000 man-hours already logged on the project.”
Expansion Project Numbers to Date:
Upon completion, the Savannah Convention Center will feature the following: