A Behind The Scenes Look At The Greater Columbus Convention Center Renovation Progress

Renovations at the Greater Columbus Convention Center began in September of 2015. The $125 million project is well underway and will be completed this summer. If you haven’t been to the Convention Center in a while, or you went to the Arnold Sports Festival and couldn’t get a good look at the building because of the large crowds, here are some pictures of the Convention Center’s transformation.



The light fixtures of the Battelle Ballroom are curved to match the roofline. The roofline of the ballroom was curved to mimic that of Columbus Union Station which stood from 1897 until 1977.

The lights in each of the ballrooms can be changed to an array of colors. This gives each event in the space its own, unique atmosphere.


This glass will be replaced to allow the light to filter in without a problem.



Several tables in the South Cafe & Market Place provide guests with outlets to charge their electronic devices after a long day at an event.

One of the new onsite food and drink options, the CBUS Tap Room offers a full bar.

These node walls line the outside of the Exhibition Area. They offer outlets along the bottom and provide a colorful, relaxing place to sit when visitors are camped out at the Convention Center all day. The color of the node walls’ lights can be changed upon request.
The improved exibition space offers 373,000 contiguous sq. ft. of space so conventions as large as the Arnold Sports Festival can continue to be hosted here.
The Lorimer Suite is named after Jim Lorimer, the man who helped create the Arnold Sports Festival. It provides a place for those hosting a convention to look out at the space and oversee everything.

The new atrium at the north end of the building provides a lot of natural light, which was requested by many.

A walkway along the atrium give visitors to see the city from many angles.


One of the new ballrooms with a patriotic light display.

A node wall in progress.

The new hallway along the north end of the building. Reservations have already been made for the rooms this new space. The meeting rooms have large windows with beautiful views. They are already highly coveted for it.

The sky bridge that leads from the north end of the Convention Center to the new, 800-space parking garage

The final task of the renovations on the Greater Columbus Convention Center is the exterior entryway off of High Street. To make the drop off area more welcoming, the lanes will be shrunken and landscaping will be added.

An artistic rendering of the completed renovations to the north end of the Convention Center.

On the second Friday of the month, the Greater Columbus Convention Center is hosting free renovations tours of the facility while the progress continues. For more information, visit their Facebook.