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September 26, 2019

The Barbara & George H.W. Bush Convention Center opened for business on September 26, 2019. The Midland Chamber of Commerce's Annual Meeting was our first event. We are so thankful to the Midland City Council, Midland Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, VisitMidland Tourism Commission and the citizens of Midland for their hard work and support during this project.

August 30, 2019

Lee Lewis Construcion is schedule to have substantial completion of work on new Barbara & George H.W. Bush Convnetion Center.

December 2018

Structural steel for the Park lobby going up. This section of the lobby goes from Wall Street to Texas Avenue on the west side of the Convention Center. The area pictured he shows the doors that open into the Exhibit Hall.

November 2018

Structural steel and exterior walls begin going up on the north Ballroom. The Ballroom will be 6,000 square feet. The room can be divided into three 2,000 square foot breakout rooms. The Ballroom will have 2 sets of double doors that open to the west onto the new Centennial Park (which opens in April 2020) This will allow clients the ability to have indoor/outdoor events.

October to December 2018

Work on HVAC duct work and in-wall electrical in Exhibit Hall.

September to November 2018

Construction of exterior walls at street level. Began with Exhibit Hall. Exterior CMU/block walls. Later these walls will be covered with limestone.

August 2018

Installation of roof panels begin on the Exhibit Hall

July 2018

Structural steel for the Exhibit Hall hung. The Exhibit Hall will have 25 foot ceilings with 10 feet above the ceiling for duct work.

April - May 2018

Installation of structural steel at the basement level. The new basement is nearly two times larger than the old Midland Center basement. The new basement will house the management offices, 3,000 square feet of meeting space, storage and hospitality room.

December 2017

Drill and concrete for the piers at the basement level. There will be 74 piers that will support the structural steel for the new Center.

August - November 2017

Excavation work on the new basement. The new basement will be almost twice the size of the old basement. Over 25,000 cubic yards of dirt and rock were removed from the hole. We are pumping over 25 gallons of water per minute from the new basement around the clock. Plans are being developed to use some of the water to irrigation on the new Park.

August 16, 2017

The City of Midland gives Lee Lewis Construction the Notice to Proceed to begin the 24 month construction timeline for the new Convention Center.

June - August 2017

Utility Relocation. All utilities running under the old ally between the Midland Center and Centennial Plaza had to be related before construction could begin. The utility relocation caused several months of delay to the project.

May 10, 2017

Chamber of Commerce and the City of Midland host official Ground Breaking Ceremony with U.S. Representative Mike Conway, May Jerry Morales and EVP of Tourism & Facilities Brad Barnett speaking at the event.

February - May 2017

Demolition of the old Midland Center and Midland Chamber of Commerce buildings.

February 13, 2017

The City of Midland holds a Wall Breaking Ceremony to kick of the demolition of the old Midland Center and Midland Chamber of Commerce buildings. Demolition work begins on this date. Pictured to the left is EVP of Tourism & Facilities Brad Barnett, Midland Mayor Jerry Morales and Midland Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Bobby Burns.

January 24, 2017

Final City Council vote to move forward with the new Midland Convention Center. The City Council sub-committee overseeing the design and construction of the new Center are Mayor Jerry Morales, Councilman John B. Love III and Councilmen J. Ross Lacy.

December 8, 2016

Lee Lewis Construction gets bids back from all sub contractors.

November - December 2016

Lee Lewis Construction engages in bid process for all materials to be used in the new Convention Center.

October 17, 2016

Construction Documents completed.

August - September 2016

Abatement work on the lower level of the old Midland Center building. This work was required before moving forward with demolition of the old building.

July 12, 2016

City Council accepts GMP. The Midland City Council votes to accept the GMP pricing.

June, 2016

GMP Pricing completed. Lee Lewis Construction Inc., completed their GMP (Guaranteed Maximum Price) for construction of the new Convention Center.

May 9, 2016

Design Development completed. Designs were completed base on the option selected by City Council.

May 2016

Items to be reused in the new building were transferred to an off-site storage location.

January - April 2015

All items in the Midland Center was inventoried. Items not to be reused in the new facility were sold via a City auction.

February 23, 2016

Schematic Design pricing completed. Three options were presented to the Midland City Council. Options 2 and 3 called for the City to buy the Chamber of Commerce building adjacent to the Midland Center and build on the full half-block area. The Council decided to purchase the Chamber building.

December 15, 2015

The City of Midland's Christmas Party was the last event held in the old building.


After the Energy Tower project was cancelled, we began working again with Rhotenberry-Wellen Architects of Midland again. After much study, it was determined that demolishing the old Midland Center and building a new Convention Center from the ground up was more cost effect and gave us almost 60% more meeting space in the new facility. This new facility would have stood on the site of the old Midland Center. Below are renderings of a new Midland Center with the Chamber building staying in place.

2013 & 2014

Worked with Energy Related Properties (ERP) as they designed concepts for a 50 story building in downtown. Part of this project would have included a new Convention Center and Centennial Plaza. The project was cancelled in late 2014.


A 9-month process of working with Rhotenberry-Wellen Architects on plans for a complete remodel of the Midland Center began. This included fully upgrading the buildings electrical, mechanical and plumbing (EMP) infrastructure to meet current codes. Developed plans to expand the Midland Center. Cost would have been $12,000,000. This option would have only increased meeting space by 2%.


Feasibility Study for new Convention and Performing Arts Center. This research lead to the development of the Wagon Noel Preforming Arts Center between Midland and Odessa. The new Convention Center portion of the project stalled.


Design concepts for an expanded Midland Center are developed.


Design concepts for Auditorium in Midland. Less than 3 years after the Midland Center opened, it was clear Midlanders needed more meeting space.


Midland Center opens for business with it's 12,500 square foot Exhibit Hall.
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