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WA State Convention Center’s Summit Building Tops Out

Since breaking ground in 2018 on the Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) Addition project, also known as the Summit building, crews have erected 21,000 tons of steel. These construction efforts will double the existing capacity of the convention center, adding approximately 255,000 square feet of exhibition space, 120,000 square feet of meeting rooms and 60,000 square feet of ballroom space.

WSCC recently recognized a major milestone in the construction of the Summit building. Construction crews hoisted the final beam onto the steel structure, officially topping out the building last week.

“This is an exciting day that is dedicated to the people who made this project a reality,” said Frank Finneran, chair of the WSCC board of directors. “The past year has tested us, but the construction crews are innovators and problem solvers. They have kept going and kept safe while advancing this transformative project.”

Due to COVID‐19 protocols, the milestone was celebrated virtually rather than holding the typical on-site gathering of construction workers and project team members. To thank workers and commemorate the moment, local luminaries and sports icons contributed congratulatory messages in a short video that was shared with the construction team during the virtual topping out.

The project’s general contractor is Clark | Lewis, a joint venture between Clark Construction Group and Lease Crutcher Lewis. The steel erection subcontractor is American Bridge. LMN Architects is the project architect.

The Addition is scheduled to open in mid‐2022.


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About Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown has decades of experience in corporate communications and marketing management with organizations including Coldwell Banker Residential, Grubb & Ellis, Marcus & Millichap, NAIOP, SIOR and ALM. In those positions, she worked in conjunction with chief executive officers and chief marketing officers to create corporate messaging, cohesive branding standards, strategic marketing plans and thought pieces. Brown is a frequent speaker at industry events and an editing adjunct professor for an online course. She has a master’s degree in mass communications from San Jose State University.

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