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Arlington Convention Center Development Corporation Seeks Proposals
for Expansion of the Convention Center and Full-Service Hotel

September 26, 2007 - The Arlington Convention Center Development Corporation (ACCDC) is seeking qualified firms to serve as the developer to expand the Arlington Convention Center and develop a full-service hotel. The outcome is to assess the feasibility of the proposals and negotiate an agreement between the ACCDC and a qualified developer.

The agreement will include the construction and operation of the proposed hotel, and development of appropriate convention center expansion.

At present, plans include a full-service, national-branded hotel with 300 guest rooms fully integrated with the Convention Center.  In addition to the hotel, 50,000 square feet of exhibition space and 10,000 square feet of divisible meeting rooms, plus sufficient parking is proposed for the Convention Center. Additional refinement to the proposed project may be added after completion of market research. HVS Convention, Sports & Entertainment Facilities Consulting (HVS) of Chicago, Illinois will assist with the project.

The ACCDC will employ a three-step process for selecting the developer: 

·          Step 1 Request for Qualifications to select qualified development teams as finalists

·          Step 2 Request for Development Proposals from the finalists

·          Step 3 If the project is feasible, and approved, negotiation with the development team will begin. 

Key dates in this process are:

  • November 14, 2007 - Request for Qualifications submittals due
  • December 18, 2007 - Development team finalists are announced
  • March 4, 2008 - Development proposals due
  • April 2008 - Select a proposal and development team for consideration by the ACCDC Board of Directors
Please direct all questions regarding the RFQ in writing to Mark Wisness, Convention Center Interim Director, email:, fax: 817-459-5091. Electronic correspondence preferred.

To download the RFQ:


Jim Butler
Chairman, Global Hospitality Group
Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro LLP
1900 Avenue of the Stars, 7th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067-4308
(310) 201-3526 direct


Also See: Arlington, Texas Convention Center Trying to Compete Against Dallas Hotels that Are Giving Away Meeting Space / June 2002
Competition Between Grapevine and Arlington for Conventioneers and Tourists Continues to Intensify / August 2007


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