Colorado Convention Center Expansion Project

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The expansion of the Colorado Convention Center includes a new 80,000 square foot column free multipurpose room and outdoor rooftop terrace with sweeping views of the city skyline and mountains.  The project will be the largest ballroom in Colorado and expand one of the largest buildings in Denver.  On the ground floor, there will be lobby renovations and seamless integration with the existing building, while offering attendees safe and easy access to an additional 150,000 square feet of meeting space, 600,000 square feet of exhibit space and a 5,000 seat Bellco Theatre. 

The improvements will serve the needs of modern-day convention-goers and differentiate the facility from others, ensuring it remains an attractive and global competitor. The expansion is expected to generate an additional $85 million in annual economic impact. Construction was completed in late 2023, and Occupancy was achieved in February. The Expansion is officially open for business and began hosting events in March 2024.

Photos and Conceptual Drawings of the Expansion

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on December 14, 2023

DOTI Executive Director Adam Phipps, Denver Mayor Mike Johnston and nine others cutting the ribbon to open the Colorado Convention Center Expansion Project on December 14, 2023.

Prefunction area inside Colorado Convention Center

Prefunction area inside Colorado Convention Center

Colorado Convention Center Ballroom

Main ballroom inside Colorado Convention Center

Terrace View

Terrace view from Colorado Convention Center overlooking Denver Performing Arts Complex and downtown Denver

Aerial view of exterior looking southeast

Aerial photo of exterior construction for Colorado Convention Center Expansion Project

Construction Timeline

Updated as of 2024.

Project Timeline Graphic for Colorado Convention Center Expansion Project

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Project Features

Highlights of this project include:

  • Rooftop expansion connecting new Ballroom and Pre-function spaces to landscaped outdoor areas with a birds-eye view of downtown Denver and the Rocky Mountains.
  • Technology improvements and inviting networking spaces that position the CCC as the industry leader.
  • Seamless integration with the existing building while offering attendees safe and easy access to CCC and Bellco Theatre events.

Project Benefits

The design and construction of the expansion project is projected to:

  • Create or support 2,691 jobs, including skilled trades and apprenticeships that will offer training opportunities for Denver residents currently out of work.
  • Generate $195M in labor income
  • Generate $475M in anticipated sales
  • Add approximately $4B to the Gross Regional Product (GRP). GRP is the regional version of the national GDP (Gross Domestic Product) and is the single most useful and comprehensive metric for measuring economic impact.

Project Dashboard

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February 2024 Project Dashboard for Colorado Convention Center Expansion Project

Training and Job Opportunities

Whether you're starting a career in construction or advancing in the industry, we hope you find your place on the Colorado Convention Center Expansion Project.

Additionally, CCC-XP is partnering with WORKNOW, a local platform that provides training, coaching and placement assistance, as well as family support services like childcare or the purchase of construction equipment and tools.

Get connected to WORKNOW here:

  • WORKNOW Interest Form (English y Espanol)
  • WORKNOW Phone Number: (303) 352-6019
  • Spread the word! Tell friends and family about WORKNOW with this printable information flyer (English and Spanish)

Minority and Women-Owned Business Spotlight

M/WBE Spotlight Summary

We are excited to announce that through the CCC-XP M/WBE spotlight, we have highlighted the exceptional work of 29 of our 66 M/WBE partners on the expansion project.

With their invaluable contributions, M/WBE firms are anticipated to account for 22% of design and 17% of construction participation. This achievement is a testament to the capabilities, dedication, and hard work of our M/WBE partners.

We extend a heartfelt thank you to all the M/WBE firms for your contribution to the expansion project and the larger Denver community. Together, we are building a stronger, more inclusive future.

A collage of logos for the companies that participated in the Minority and Women-Owned Business Spotlight for Colorado Convention Center Expansion Project