Published on : Friday, October 1, 2021
The Minneapolis Convention Center recently unveiled a $2.9 million redesign of its main plaza. In an official statement the center officials described it as a “more sustainable public green space.” At a construction cost of $2.9 million, the redesign features a new irrigation method that uses the center’s stormwater capture system.
The project also includes an urban meadow planted with native tree and plant species to create downtown’s “largest pollinator refuge.” Designed by Damon Farber Landscape Architects for environmental sustainability, the 2.5-acre the convention center plaza is built on top of an underground parking ramp and includes a lawn area for events with updated lighting and seating options.
Officials said the redesign resulted in a better event space with increased electrical distribution and improved flat space for catering, production, and socialization. Construction began in late 2019, with much of it taking place during the latter half of 2020. The plaza’s renovation was “essentially completed” earlier this spring.
The redesigned public space has already been open to the public for months. Over the summer, the convention center held “Summer Fitness” sessions, free outdoors fitness classes led by local fitness businesses through July and August. The ribbon cutting ceremony had Minneapolis City Council Member Lisa Goodman and Meet Minneapolis president and CEO Melvin Tennant in attendance. The city of Minneapolis owns The Minneapolis Convention Center