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Updates

April 2020

Vertical work on the expansion of the existing convention center building has commenced.  This work will expand the exhibition halls from 200,000 to 350,000 square feet of contiguous space.  The project is slated to be completed by October 2021, in time to host the 2021 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

The demolition of the north end of the Northport Parking Garage has commenced.  This will make room for the new Eastern Expansion of the Convention Center, which will hold a new 65,000 square foot ballroom and more than 50,000 square feet of new meeting space.  Additionally, a new master kitchen and commissary are being added to better serve the entire expanded convention center complex.

January 2020

Elected officials and community leaders of the hospitality industry from throughout Broward County gathered at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center for an event celebrating the $1+ billion Convention Center expansion and Headquarters Hotel project.

"We are gathering to thank the many government, industry and community leaders who have worked hard to make this project a reality," said Broward County Mayor Dale Holness.  "Years of careful planning have brought us here, and we are celebrating the fact that this expansion will boost the local economy and create more than new 1,000 jobs." More…

Summer 2019

Work on the western expansion of the Convention Center began with the demolition of structures and preparation for construction.

May 2019

A public demolition celebration event was held at the Portside Center to clear the building to expand the Convention Center and build the Headquarters Hotel. The work to remove the Portside Center will continue through the summer of 2019 to allow for a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction work on the project, expected to be completed in 2023.

August 2018​

Staff and the MSW design team presented a new conceptual design for the Convention Center Expansion based on input from the Convention Center user community. The pressing need for contiguous exhibition space, which was planned for in a later Phase 2 of expansion, has now also been incorporated into the current expansion plans. Staff and MSW design team members will present these changes for DPA review. The DPA indicated its approval of the new design, allowing staff to issue a notice to proceed to MSW to proceed with the schematic design and engineering work necessary to submit a site plan package to the City of Fort Lauderdale.

The DPA also approved a first amendment to the amended and restated design agreement with MSW for hotel design services that mirrors the previous agreement for design services for the convention center expansion. These additional services will allow the design work for the hotel to proceed in tandem with the design work for the convention center.

February 2018

The Board of County Commissioners, acting as the Direct Procurement Authority (DPA), heard presentations from County staff on the private and public sector financing options for the Headquarters Hotel project. The DPA voted to pursue the option of the County financing and owning the hotel.

October 2017

The Board of County Commissioners​, acting as the Direct Procurement Authority (DPA), heard presentations from County staff and from the Matthews Southwest development team on the new conceptual design proposal for the Project, submitted by Nunzio Marc Desantis Architects. It also heard from Omni Hotels & Resorts, which has been selected to operate the Headquarter Hotel at the Convention Center. The DPA expressed support for the new design and hotel operator selection.​​

April 2017

The Board of County Commissioners, acting as the Direct Procurement Authority (DPA), heard presentations from County staff and from the Matthews Southwest development team on the updated design proposal for the Project. The DPA expressed support for the new design.​

November 2016

The Board of County Commissioners, acting as the Direct Procurement Authority, approved a conceptual site plan to provide staff with appropriate design direction on how to proceed with the Project.

August 2016

The Board of County Commissioners, acting as the Direct Procurement Authority, Convention Center General Contractor, reaffirmed the Developer’s Team as qualified, ranked Matthews Southwest (MSW) as the number one ranked firm, and approved a Pre-Development Agreement with MSW.

April 2016

The Board of County Commissioners, acting as the Direct Procurement Authority, votes to move forward with developer Matthews Southwest to expand the Convention Center and build a headquarters hotel. The proposal submitted by Matthews Southwest calls for building a 24 story, 800-room hotel for an AAA 4-diamond rating which would include retail space, restaurants, an intermodal transportation area, and plenty of open space to take advantage of the Intracoastal Waterway. The hotel would meet the requirements to be LEED Gold certified.

March 2016

Matthews Southwest submits its proposal for the project. The proposal's reviewed by County staff to recommend whether to proceed. A date of April 26, 2016 is set for the Direct Procurement Authority to review the developer's proposal.

December 2015

Visitors to Broward County’s Convention Center enjoy easier access now that the security checkpoint for entering adjacent Port Everglades has been moved south of the Center and parking garage. The relocation of the checkpoint is part of the Seaport and Convention Center Security Improvement Project, which separates the Convention Center from the Port’s controlled access areas, to allow for improved traffic flow in and out of the Convention Center.

November 2015

On November 3, 2015, Broward County issued Step Three of the procurement process for the Convention Center Expansion and Headquarters Hotel Project, Request for Letters of Interest (RLI) No. N1337414R3. The bid process for Step Three will end on March 11, 2016 at 5PM. The Board of County Commissioners will then rank the shortlisted developers and begin negotiations with the highest ranked developer.

The purpose of Step Three is to request the shortlisted developers’ detailed proposals for the project, including budget, schedule, preliminary proposed designs, general business terms, finance plans, innovative features and other information required by the County.

Also on November 3, 2015, the Board of County Commissioners convened as the Direct Procurement Authority for the Convention Center Expansion and Headquarters Hotel project, reviewed three developer submittals in response to the Step Two solicitation, and shortlisted three developers to proceed to Step Three of the procurement process:lson November 3, 2015, the Board of County Commissioners convened as the Direct Procurement Authority for the Convention Center Expansion and Headquarters Hotel project, reviewed three developer submittals in response to the Step Two solicitation, and shortlisted three developers to proceed to Step Three of the procurement process:

  • Fort Lauderdale Convention Center Hotel LLC (RIDA/ARES)
  • Matthews Holdings Southwest Inc. dba Matthews Southwest
  • The Related Companies L.P. and PRH Investments, LLC dba The Related Group
Fort Lauderdale Convention Center Hotel LLC (RIDA/ARES) subsequently withdrew.

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September 2015

On September 1, 2015, the Board of County Commissioners approved Request for Letters of Interest (RLI) No. N1337414R2 Step Two solicitation, to evaluate qualifications of developers’ team members for the Convention Center Expansion and Headquarters Hotel project. The Step Two RLI was issued in accordance with Consultants’ Competitive Negotiation Act (CCNA) and only those developers qualified in Step One were invited to respond.

August 2015

On August 25, 2015, The Board convened as the Direct Procurement Authority for the Broward County Convention Center Expansion and Headquarters Hotel projects, reviewed six developer submittals in response to the Request for Qualifications No. N1337414R1 Step One solicitation, and qualified five developers to proceed to Step Two of the process:

  • Fort Lauderdale Convention Center Hotel LLC (RIDA/ARES)
  • Hensel Phelps Development LLC
  • Matthews Holdings Southwest Inc. dba Matthews Southwest
  • Omni Hotels Management Corporation dba Omni Hotels and Resorts
  • The Related Companies L.P. and PRH Investments, LLC dba The Related Group

Two of the five developers qualified to proceed to Step Two of the procurement process for the Convention Center Expansion and Headquarters Hotel Project subsequently withdrew: Hensel Phelps Development LLC and Omni Hotels Management Corporation dba Omni Hotels and Resorts.

May 2015

On May 20, 2015, the County issued Request for Qualifications (RFQ) No. N1337414R1, as Step One in the procurement process for the Broward County Convention Center Expansion and Headquarters Hotel project.

On May 19, 2015, the Board of County Commissioners was designated as the Direct Procurement Authority for Broward County Convention Center Expansion and Headquarters Hotel project and approved the issuance of Step One of a three step procurement process. A Cone of Silence took effect, to remain in effect until an agreement with a developer is approved, or the procurement process is otherwise terminated. The Cone of Silence prohibits certain communications among developers, team members, County Commissioners, County Administrator, Deputy County Administrator, Assistant County Administrator, Assistants to the County Administrator, their respective support staff and any person (and that person’s support staff) that is appointed, hired, designated or authorized to evaluate, rank, recommend or select a proposer or a proposer’s response to the solicitation. The Board of County Commissioners, as the Direct Procurement Authority, is covered by a two-way Cone of Slience.

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2015

The County completed the master planning process and began developing a design criteria report that would describe in more detail various standards for the project. The Board of County Commissioners authorized the release of a procurement solicitation for a Broward County Representative, which is similar to an Owner's Representative, to assist the County with the solicitation process for a public-private partnership (P3) Developer.​​​​​​​​