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Convention Center expansion gets new contractor, higher price tag

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The price grows from $1.4 billion to $1.6 billion

With the kerfuffle involving their former contractor behind them, the Washington State Convention Center expansion is moving forward with a new partner as well as a new price tag.

The cost of the Washington State Convention Center expansion in downtown Seattle has grown from $1.4 billion to $1.6 billion, while officials have picked a new team of contractors to replace the firms it fired earlier this year.

Still, the original timeline for the project — for construction to begin in summer 2017 and be finished in 2020 — hasn’t changed.

Clark Construction and Lease Crutcher Lewis will take over as the new contracting team, replacing the Skanska-Hunt joint partnership. They had originally finished second in the bidding process.

The expansion will give the convention center 1.2 million square-feet of exhibition & meeting space, a 30-story residential tower with 428 units, 16-story office building and new retail & public spaces all along the exterior.
· Price tag of Seattle convention-center expansion hits $1.6 billion [ST]
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