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March 7, 2016

Washington State Convention Center Severs Ties With Contractor on Expansion

The expansion team at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle has cut ties with Skanska-Hunt, the contractor responsible for the project, the Puget Sound Business Journal reports. 

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Skanska-Hunt was a joint venture team hired last year to build a $1.4 billion expansion at the Seattle event venue, and would have doubled the size of the facility, adding 250,000 square feet of exhibit space, 120,000 square feet of meeting room space and a ballroom. The expansion was planned extend over the current Convention Center transit stop and onto nearby properties. Pine Street Group Managing Partner Matt Griffin said of the contractor that "they are not the right fit for this project" in a statement announcing the decision. Pine Street Group is the company overseeing the development of the expansion. 

The venue had hoped to break ground on the new expansion in 2017. In a statement announcing the break with Skanska-Hunt, the expansion team stat that the project schedule "will not be materially affected by this change" and that it would reissue an RFP in the next couple of months. 

"We have operated in a professional manner consistent with our corporate values and in the best interest of the Washington State Taxpayers who will ultimately fund this $1.4B project," said Skanska-Hunt in a statement. "The services, which we have provided WSCC, are consistent with the manner in which we have delivered similar projects for the cities of San Francisco, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Jose, Seattle and others over the past decade."

Keep visiting www.internationalmeetingsreview.com for further updates to this developing story. 

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