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Early Completion for Cleveland’s New Medical Mart and Convention Center
Posted by Tasha Weiss on June 19, 2013 at 6:00 PM.

Turner Construction Company recently announced the early completion of the $465 million Global Center for Health Innovation and Cleveland Convention Center building program; completed three months ahead of the original schedule and millions under budget.


cleveland-medical-mart-and-convention-center-photo.jpgAbout 12,200 tons of structural steel went into the project. Schuff Steel (an AISC member and AISC certified fabricator) coordinated the fabrication of the $40 million contract across 15 plants in the U.S., including two of its own.


Photo: A structural system of massive tree columns developed by Magnusson Klemencic Associates for the new Cleveland Convention Center permitted 90-ft column spacing while keeping the truss depth to just 8 ft. Image courtesy of Turner Construction Company.

To learn more about the structural steel used for the project, you can watch this three-minute YouTube video (posted in early April during steel erection; note that the steel tonnage has been updated since).


To coordinate a project of this size and scope at a busy downtown site, Turner worked closely with the property owner, Merchandise Mart Properties Inc., as well as 168 local SBE contractors. A combination of collaborative partnerships, sustainable practices and innovative technology helped Turner pre-plan every step of the construction process, saving both time and money on Cleveland’s largest construction project to date.


“Turner was able to complete this project ahead of schedule because of our collaboration with MMPI and other partners,” said John Dewine, construction project executive at Turner. “By working together with local contractors and using technology like BIM, we were able to identify creative ways to save time and money.”


Turner broke ground for the project in January 2011 and completed construction earlier this month. Covering 14.6 acres in downtown Cleveland, the facility spans more than one million sq. ft. The Global Center for Health Innovation fills 235,000 sq. ft with showroom, ballroom and retail space. The Cleveland Convention Center, at 767,000 sq. ft underground, features exhibit halls, flexible meeting rooms and column-free ballroom space.


During the first 12 months of the project, Turner recycled almost 99 percent of the demolition material and has recycled more than 2,600 cubic yards of construction waste. While the initial goal was to be 20 percent more energy efficient than baseline, the project is currently at nearly 30 percent above baseline. The project is pursuing LEED Silver certification.


The Cleveland Convention Center will open for its first event next month, and the Global Center for Health Innovation will host its first event in October. To learn more about the project, visit


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