Rendering of the renovated Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, Ill.
The Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, Ill., just a few blocks from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, is undergoing a $16 million renovation.
Approximately 21,000 square feet of meeting space on the lower level has already been updated with new lighting, wall coverings, carpet, furnishings, and state-of-the-art audiovisual services. Lower-level renovations will feature a new color scheme designed for a “prairie-style” look and feel, reflecting one of the city’s architectural masterpieces, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Dana Thomas House.
Work on the main level is under way and includes expanding the lobby, upgrading loading docks, adding first-floor bathrooms, and constructing a new food court. Also, a new façade will be built on the parking ramp.
The facility offers 40,000 square feet of column-free, direct access exhibit space, and has 16 meeting rooms. “[Planners] can expect can expect this facility to be competitive in both quality and pricing,” said Brian Oaks, general manager at the PCCC. “Our renovation will reflect what groups have been telling us they’d like to see.”
The project will be completed later this year.