Holder Construction Group LLC will manage upcoming expansion and renovations at the Infinite Energy Center under a $73 million at-risk contract Gwinnett commissioners approved December 18th.

The project will add about 50,000 square feet of exhibit space, almost doubling the existing space, which will be renovated. The roof will be replaced and upgrades will be made to the performing arts center and the grand ballroom. There will also be a new entrance wing to provide more special event and meeting rooms and an outdoor security plaza in front of the arena. This project is funded by the 2017 SPLOST program.

Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash pointed out that the improvements complement the new privately-funded Revel mixed-use development and hotel that will be built on the site. The new entertainment district is being developed separately on the 118-acre site by North American Properties.

"With more exhibit space we can attract more convention business to help support our local economy," said Nash. "I'm excited for construction to get underway on this long-promised transformation of the Infinite Energy Center. Combined with the private development, Gwinnett's downtown will be transformed into a major entertainment, shopping and dining venue."

Known as the Gwinnett Civic and Cultural Center when it opened in 1992, the Infinite Energy Center is at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth. It was named one of the Top 10 Arena Power Players last year by Billboard and welcomed more than 1 million visitors in 2016.