Baird Center Expansion

Convention center expansion facilitates multiple, simultaneous events with unrivaled experience

Gilbane, partnering with C.D. Smith, is providing construction management at-risk services for the Baird Center Expansion project scheduled for completion in the spring of 2024. The expansion is a cutting-edge project setting new industry standards. Its dynamic design elements are unique in the convention industry, its environmental requirements meet stringent criteria, and its contractors’ qualifications are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion practices that benefit the local economy.


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Project Overview

  • Adds 300,000 SF to the original space, approximately doubling the size of the convention center
  • Adds 24 new meeting rooms, 400-450 indoor parking spaces, six loading docks, and an executive kitchen
  • Features a fourth floor ballroom with space for a minimum of 2,000 guests
  • In addition to the expansion, the project also includes a full renovation of the existing convention center
  • Targeting LEED Silver certification

“Doubling the size of the convention center allows us to execute multiple, simultaneous events bringing more visitors to Milwaukee to attend conferences and patronize local businesses. Meeting planners can expect flexible meeting space, robust IT infrastructure, and top-of-the-line health and safety features, along with our signature Bold, Proud, Experience Obsessed service delivery approach.”

Marty Brooks
President and CEO


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