Lancaster County Convention Center and Marriott Hotel

Project Background

Reynolds was selected by the Lancaster County Convention Center Authority as construction manager for the new 183,917-square-foot convention center in downtown Lancaster at the site of the former, historic Watt & Shand Building. The new convention center was built in conjunction with the new, 13-story, 161,417-square-foot, 300-room Marriott Hotel.

The projects included the following:

  • Exhibit hall (47,842-square-foot)
  • Prefunction area (27,551-square-foot)
  • Ballroom (9,621-square-foot)
  • Three boardrooms (764-square-foot each)
  • Full service restaurant (4,785-square-foot)
  • Indoor recreation facility (exercise room, indoor pool and spa at 7,541-square-foot)

Though not an historic structure in itself the Lancaster County Convention Center incorporates the surrounding historic structures and narratives into its new architecture. The iconic, 19th-century, “Beaux Arts” façade of the former Watt & Shand department store remains intact and serves as the main entrance. The area surrounding the convention center is known as the Thaddeus Stevens and Lydia Hamilton Smith Historic Site. From the lobby of the Vine Street entrance, visitors can view a Civil War- era water cistern that was discovered during a preconstruction dig.

Project Specs

Solutions: Construction
Architect: Cooper Carry Architects
Square Feet:

  • Convention Center: 183,917
  • Hotel: 161,417

Construction Cost: $105.6 million

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“We have found their (Reynolds) personal attention to detail and thorough quality procedures to be invaluable. This has included pre-construction services, cost estimating, bid specification preparation, federal labor compliance, and documentation throughout the construction process.”

David W. Kilmer, Executive Director, Red Rose Transit Authority