12/2018 Consolidated Construction Breaks Ground on Cedar Falls (Iowa) Convention and Event Center

(December 15, 2018) Appleton, Wis. – Consolidated Construction Co. Inc., a full-service design/build firm headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin, is playing a key role in helping the Cedar Valley (Iowa) area continue its vibrant growth.

Consolidated was hired as construction manager by owner Chris-Bro Hospitality to renovate existing event space at the Cedar Rapids Hilton Garden Inn, and add an 11,000 sq. ft. expansion to the site. At completion, the new Cedar Falls Convention and Event Center will feature event space of more than 14,000 sq. ft. and the ability to host more than 700 guests. The project kicked off with a groundbreaking ceremony on Dec. 3.

The Cedar Valley region is a six-county area of eastern Iowa boasting a burgeoning economy, diverse college and university towns, trendy historic downtown districts, and affordable living. As a result, it is growing in popularity as a destination for weddings, events, conferences, and conventions. That, in turn, that has created demand for larger, more flexible spaces.

“The current facility has served the hotel well to date,” noted Gene Schleusner, project leader for Consolidated Construction. “The new upgrade and expansion will make a big difference, allowing the property to bring even larger events to the area.”

The prospect of bolstering the economy in the Cedar Falls community appealed to the owners, Chris-Bro Hospitality.

“What we’re finding is that organizations, companies, everyone in the Cedar Valley is outgrowing that space,” said Mark Aftanski, Chief Operating Officer of Chris-Bro. “The Cedar Valley is growing so much that the opportunity to better serve the community was for us to expand.”

The facility will be a celebration of Cedar Falls, with décor featuring the work of local artists, and rooms named after area dignitaries and public figures. It will even feature an exclusive beverage: Black Hills Brew, from a local craft brewery in Cedar Falls.

The new Cedar Falls Convention and Event Center will be located at 7213 Nordic Drive, and is expected to open in summer, 2019.