Ocean City Convention Center Expansion
Location: Ocean City, Maryland
Official groundbreaking for the project took place overlooking Isle of Wight Bay on Saturday, August 20, 2011. Governor Martin O'Malley presided, with Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee Norman Conway and Ocean City Councilwoman Mary Knight digging in next to MSA Project Executive Gary McGuigan (right).
The study evaluated the existing structure, the current convention market, options for capital improvements, and the scope for a performing arts center.
The feasibility study was released in December, 2008.
In August, 2010, the Ocean City Council approved plans for an $8.9 million expansion. This project broke ground in August, 2011.
On November 7, 2011, the Ocean City Council approved plans for an additional $14 million auditorium that would include two tiers of fixed seating, dressing rooms, and a ticket office and concession area.
The 1,248-seat performing arts venue is a major upgrade over the convention hall's existing ballroom and stage.
This Phase II proposal was approved by the Maryland General Assembly during their 2012 session.
Phase II construction began in Fall 2013. The Performing Arts Center opened on time, on budget in December 2014.
Assistant Project Manager Tiara Robertson at the Ocean City groundbreaking.
Assistant Project Manager:
Project Cost (Performing Arts)