New Memphis Convention Center


This transformation of the Memphis Convention Center adds modern amenities while taking advantage of the building's downtown location and views of the Mississippi River

Inspired by our community’s deep music heritage and recent trends in readapting existing assets, LRK of Memphis partnered with tvsdesign to develop plans for a facility that meet the needs of Memphis and meeting planners. Their vision will allow for additional meeting rooms and expand the footprint of the building with outdoor terraces and glass enclosed concourses, prefunction and meetings spaces that embrace the river and skyline views while adding valuable square footage and amenities. This partnership has allowed us to reimagine the facility into a modern building with amenities that are expected within convention centers today, resulting in: 

Large-scale event space and amenities that entice people from across the globe to continue to choose Memphis as the venue for their visitors and dollars.

  • Artistic nods to our community’s cultural roots and world-renowned reputation for soul and rock ‘n roll music.
  • Natural light seeping through the entire interior of the building, thanks to new floor-to-ceiling windows on every level.
  • Direct views of the Mississippi River and the Memphis Bridge to the west, Bass Pro Shops Pyramid to the north, and our downtown skyline to the south.
  • Updated and enclosed access to Sheraton Hotel to the north.
  • Easy foot and trolley line access to restaurants, hotels, shops, entertainment venues and businesses throughout the Pinch District, Downtown Core and South Main District.

This scenario of reinvigorating existing built structures and saving millions of dollars, the Memphis Convention Center is attaining the necessary $175 million in project funding through: 

  • Visitors/Tourism: Visitors to Memphis who stay in hotels and motels will pay an additional 1.8% on their final lodging bill.
  • Tourism Development Zone Funds: TDZ designation has already been approved for the neighborhood in which the convention center sits. 

Project Milestones

Early and Mid 2017                         Design and Pre-Construction Services to Set Vision
                                                           Looney Ricks Kiss, tvsdesign and MFA a Memphis joint venture

 February 2018                                Initial Bid Solicitation for Construction Team

April 2018                                        Review and Re-structuring of Bid Process to include 
Design Modifications

June 2018                                        Bid Promotion Process

September 2018                             Revised Document Release and Call for Bids 
                                                           Visit for bidding details

October 2018                                  Diversity Workshop & Pre-bid Meetings

November 2018                              Bid Review & Construction Team Awarded

December 2018                              Construction Begins

Fall 2020                                         Transformation is Complete

For More Information

For media inquiries, contact Kevin Kern, Memphis Tourism, at [email protected] / 901.543.5320.