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Midland Convention Center Timeline / Project History
*Note: All future dates are subject to change
Midland Convention Center ®      Mailing Address: 303 W. Wall Street, Suite 200, Midland, TX 79701  (432) 682-682-6234
September 15, 2019 - New Midland Convention Center is scheduled to be open for business
1983 - Design concepts for Auditorium in Midland. Less than 3 years after the Midland Center opened, it was clear Midlanders needed more meeting space.
1980 - Midland Center opens for business with it's 12,500 square foot Exhibit Hall.
2003 - Design concepts for an expanded Midland Center are developed.
2005 - Feasibility Study for new Convention and Performing Arts Center.  This research lead to the development of the Wagon Noel Preforming Arts Center between Midland and Odessa.  The new Convention Center portion of the project stalled.
2012 - A 9-month process of working with Rhotenberry-Wellen Architects on plans for a complete remodel of the Midland Center began. This included fully upgrading the buildings electrical, mechanical and plumbing (EMP) infrastructure to meet current codes. Developed plans to expand the Midland Center.  Cost would have been $12,000,000.  This option would have only increased meeting space by 2%.
2013 & 2014 - Worked with Energy Related Properties (ERP) as they designed concepts for a 50 story building in downtown.  Part of this project would have included a new Convention Center and Centennial Plaza.  The project was cancelled in late 2014.
2015 - After the Energy Tower project was cancelled, we began working again with Rhotenberry-Wellen Architects of Midland again.  After much study, it was determined that demolishing the old Midland Center and building a new Convention Center from the ground up was more cost effect and gave us almost 60% more meeting space in the new facility.  This new facility would have stood on the site of the old Midland Center.  Below are renderings of a new Midland Center with the Chamber building staying in place.
February 23, 2016 - Schematic Design pricing completed.  Three options were presented to the Midland City Council.  Options 2 and 3 called for the City to buy the Chamber of Commerce building adjacent to the Midland Center and build on the full half-block area.  The Council decided to purchase the Chamber building.
May 9, 2016 - Design Development completed.  Designs were completed base on the option selected by City Council.
June, 2016 - GMP Pricing completed.  Lee Lewis Construction Inc., completed their GMP (Guaranteed Maximum Price) for construction of the new Convention Center.
July 12, 2016 - City Council accepts GMP.  The Midland City Council votes to accept the GMP pricing.  
August - September 2016 - Abatement work on the lower level of the old Midland Center building.  This work was required before moving forward with demolition of the old building.
December 15, 2015 - The City of Midland's Christmas Party was the last event held in the old building.  
January - April 2015 - All items in the Midland Center was inventoried.  Items not to be reused in the new facility were sold via a City auction.
May 2016 - Items to be reused in the new building were transferred to an off-site storage location.
October 17, 2016 - Construction Documents completed.
November - December 2016 - Lee Lewis Construction engages in bid process for all materials to be used in the new Convention Center.
December 8, 2016 - Lee Lewis Construction gets bids back from all sub contractors.
January 24, 2017 - Final City Council vote to move forward with the new Midland Convention Center.
February 13, 2017 - The City of Midland holds a Wall Breaking Ceremony to kick of the demolition of the old Midland Center and Midland Chamber of Commerce buildings.  Demolition work begins on this date.
June - August 2017 - Utility Relocation.  All utilities running under the old ally between the Midland Center and Centennial Plaza had to be related before construction could begin.
February - May 2017 - Demolition of the old Midland Center and Midland Chamber of Commerce buildings.
May 10, 2017 - Chamber of Commerce and the City of Midland host official Ground Breaking Ceremony with U.S. Representative Mike Conway, May Jerry Morales and EVP of Tourism & Facilities Brad Barnett speaking at the event.
August 16, 2017 - The City of Midland gives Lee Lewis Construction the Notice to Proceed to begin the 24 month construction timeline for the new Convention Center.
August 16, 2019 - Lee Lewis Construction to complete substantial construction of the new Convention Center.
February - April 2019 - Installation of aluminum panels on the exterior lobby area of the Center.
October 2018 - January 2019 - Construction of exterior walls at street level for exhibit hall and ballroom.
June - July 2018 - Installation of structural steel frame at street level.
March - April 2018 - Installation of structural steel frame at basement level.
January - February 2018 - Construction of basement walls.
December 2017 - Drill and concrete for the piers at the basement level.  There will be 74 piers that will support the structural steel for the new Center.
August - November 2017 - Excavation work on the new basement.  The new basement will be almost twice the size of the old basement.  Over 25,000 cubic yards of dirt and rock were removed from the hole.  We are pumping over 25 gallons of water per minute from the new basement around the clock.