LEXINGTON, Ky., July 20, 2017 — NBBJ and EOP Architects released designs for the expansion of the Lexington Convention Center today that include changes to Rupp Arena. New exhibition space, ballroom and meeting spaces will be built to the north of the current complex and would anchor the proposed Town Branch Park.
NBBJ + EOP’s plans call for more than 100,000 square feet of exhibition space, 25,000 square feet of ballroom space and 14 meeting rooms; a significant increase from its current 66,000 square feet of exhibition space and 17,600 square feet of ballroom space. The part of the current convention center that wraps around Rupp Arena would be removed and replaced with a transparent entrance in front. Two smaller buildings will front the convention center and Rupp Arena, one tentatively called the Pavilion, and will include meeting space, ballrooms and restaurants.
Construction is set to begin in January with the entire project completed by December 2020.