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 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 feet)
- Prefunction area (27,551 square feet)
- Ballroom (9,621 square feet)
- Three boardrooms (764 square feet each)
- Full service restaurant (4,785 square feet)
- Indoor recreation facility (exercise room, indoor pool and spa at 7,541 square feet)
Though not an historic structure, 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.
Solutions: Construction Management
Architect: Cooper Carry Architects
- Convention Center: 183,917
- Hotel: 161,417
Construction Cost: $105.6 million