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Cleveland Convention Center finishes under budget and ahead of schedule

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Turner Construction Company says the Global Center for Health Innovation and Cleveland Convention Center building program was finished three months ahead of the original schedule and millions under budget.

Turner broke ground for the $465 million project in January 2011 and completed construction earlier this month. Covering 14.6 acres in downtown Cleveland, the facility spans more than one million square feet.

The Global Center for Health Innovation fills 235,000 square feet with showroom, ballroom and retail space. The Cleveland Convention Center, at 767,000 square feet underground, features exhibit halls, flexible meeting rooms and column-free ballroom space.

The completed facility required 12,200 tons of steel, 64,500 cubic yards of cast-in-place concrete and 1,431,000 pounds of total ductwork. To coordinate a project of this size and scope at a busy downtown site, Turner worked closely with the property owner, Merchandise Mart Properties Inc., as well as 168 local SBE contractors.

A combination of collaborative partnerships, sustainable practices and innovative technology helped Turner pre-plan every step of the construction process, saving both time and money on the city's largest construction project to date. 

"Turner was able to complete this project ahead of schedule because of our collaboration with MMPI and other partners," says John Dewine, Construction Project Executive at Turner. "By working together with local contractors and using technology like Building Information Modeling, we were able to identify creative ways to save time and money."

Renovation was completed even earlier on the existing Public Auditorium in time to host the Rock Hall Induction Ceremony on April 1, 2012.

The Cleveland Restoration Society and the American Institute of Architects Cleveland Chapter, awarded Turner with the Award of Excellence for Exterior Restoration on the Public Auditorium Renovation.

During the first 12 months of the project, Turner recycled almost 99 percent of the demolition material, and has recycled more than 2,600 cubic yards of construction waste.

While the initial goal was to be 20 percent more energy efficient than baseline, the project is currently at nearly 30 percent above baseline. The project is pursuing LEED Silver certification.

To culminate the early completion of the Global Center for Health Innovation and Cleveland Convention Center, a ribbon cutting ceremony has been scheduled for Friday, June 14 at 2 p.m., to be followed by a Community Open House on Saturday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Cleveland Convention Center will open for its first event next month, and The Global Center for Health Innovation will host its first event in October.

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