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Good planning means Cleveland convention center will open ahead of schedule
Earlier opening is expected to be a boon for city's convention business

Kevin Niedermier
Construction on Cleveland's new convention center will be finished 2 months early next year.
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Cleveland’s new convention center will open 2 months ahead of schedule and on budget. And officials believe next year’s early opening on July first means more conventions will be attracted to Cleveland.                                               

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Ground was broken in January 2011 on the $465 million taxpayer funded convention center. Head of Turner Construction, Mark Dent, says the project’s intense planning helped workers stay ahead of schedule by avoiding unforeseen construction issues.

“So all of the things that happened, we expected to happen and we were able to start shaving time off the job. We could have been put behind schedule by late material deliveries, opening up the ground and finding conditions nobody anticipated, bad planning on getting the trades people out here. But in this case the early planning worked out.”

Opening ahead of schedule is expected to give event planners more confidence in the venue as a place to book conventions. Right now, 19 conventions are booked.The facility’s medical mart exhibit hall is expected to open about 2 months after the convention center.  Opening early also means the convention center will now be the base for the 2013 National Senior Games. That event was to be based on Public Square.                                                                                                                                    
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