The Albuquerque Convention Center will undergo a $20 million renovation starting in the middle of 2013. The improvements to the West Complex of the convention will provide a new look that better represents the architectural elements of the region.

The preliminary designs include a new exterior facade, complete remodeling of the ballroom, a new entertainment deck in the ballroom, and the installation of massive windows with panoramic views. Also, the lower level atrium will be completely remodeled to include a fireplace and a food court/café. Local architecture firm, Dekker/Perich/Sabatini, is handling the design.

“We are pleased to see the City of Albuquerque’s exciting new improvements to our convention center, which will help showcase the essence of Albuquerque and the Southwest. These renovations will continue to ensure that a meeting in Albuquerque is a uniquely different experience,” said Dale Lockett, president/CEO of the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The project will be phased to allow for ongoing convention and meeting business. Construction will be completed by the end of 2014.