AZ Big Media Sundt and Concord Complete Tucson Convention Center Renovations


Sundt recently completed renovations to the Tucson Convention Center. The $65 million project in downtown Tucson was completed in partnership with Concord General Contracting.

“We are very proud to have completed this project,” said Mike Miller, project manager at Sundt. “Returning to the TCC campus to improve this downtown economic development center makes it special for Tucson and for us.”

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The project included 11 on-campus improvements, including updating the Leo Rich Theater and Linda Ronstadt Music Hall, renovating the Main Ballrooms and South Exhibit Hall, and adding 32,000 square feet of halls meeting rooms, restrooms and halls. Upgrades will support conventions of many sizes, and technology upgrades to the 50-year-old building will support in-person, virtual or hybrid events.

Sundt + Concord also added over 900 parking spaces with two new parking garages on the west and east sides of the facility. The structure on the east side of the convention center was expanded from a single lot to a 392-space multi-level garage. Similarly, along Granada Avenue, the team added another 524-space parking structure.

The project team is also restoring the historic square of the TCC campus to its original state. Originally constructed in two stages in 1971 and 1973, it is the only Garrett Eckbo-designed civic landscape in Arizona. New trees, irrigation and restored brickwork are among the improvements.

This landmark project marks the fifth time Sundt has worked on the TCC campus since the facility was built in the 1970s. It is also the sixth time the board of directors of Rio Nuevo, the downtown financial district, city ​​of Tucson, selects Sundt to perform construction services for its projects. Swaim Associates served as the owner’s representative on the project.

Sundt opened his Tucson office in 1929. Over the ensuing decades, he built notable landmarks in the former Pueblo. Recently, the company completed the Student Success District of UArizona and the I-10 Ruthrauff Interchange. Sundt is currently renovating the Chemistry Building on the UArizona campus, which Sundt originally built in the 1930s. The company continually ranks in the top five of ENR Southwest’s top contractors.


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