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The City of Roswell is looking forward to an expanded and renovated convention center that will enable the city to host larger events and accommodate a wider variety of space needs for conferences and other events at the facility that will offer greater options for how its space can be divided or expanded.
The Roswell Convention and Civic Center (912 N. Main St.) project includes an approximately 15,000-square-feet addition that will extend to the north of the existing building. Work got underway first on that part of the project that will create an area off of the main lobby that will be able to be used as one large meeting hall or be temporarily sectioned off to meet the needs of an event requiring medium-sized to smaller rooms.
Renovation of the current building is scheduled to begin in January. That part of the project will remove the current meeting rooms on the side of the exhibit hall, resulting in an expanded exhibit hall that will be able to be used as one large hall or divided into two smaller exhibit halls. To enable greater efficiency in keeping the floor clean amid constant event traffic, the carpet will be removed in favor of a polished concrete surface. In addition, the audio and visual systems will be upgraded, as will the two sets of restrooms in the lobby that will connect the renovated current facility with the addition to the north.
The $7.3 million project is being funded by the convention center fee, paid by customers of local lodging businesses, and revenue bonds. The general contractor for the project is Albuquerque-based HB Construction, which is scheduled to complete the project in July 2018. So the work to the existing building can take place, the convention center will close Jan. 1 until the project is done.
As the physical structure of the convention center is renewed, city officials will be considering how the renovated and expanded facility will be staffed and managed. Options include hiring temporary employees through an outside agency like has been done in the past, hiring staff who would be employed as regular city employees, or hiring a combination of those two types of employees. Another option would be to contract with an outside entity to manage the convention center, in which case, that contractor would do the staff hiring. There may be additional options that are determined and explored as the process moves forward.