Countdown to Convention


With the official handing over of keys at a press conference on Monday, July 16, the team of Rodgers, Hargrove Inc., Hunt Construction Group, and H.J. Russell and Company has begun work to convert Charlotte’s Time Warner Cable Arena into world-class convention space to host the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in just under 50 days.

Bill Duffy, general manager of the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats, presented Steve Kerrigan, Democratic National Convention Committee CEO, with the keys to the arena to kick off physical construction.

Planning for the project has been underway for months. Temporary modifications include adapting the team store for use as staff work space; adding carpet, tables, and chairs to the practice court for media work space; and transforming suites into media broadcast studios.

The DNC opens on Sept. 4 and will meet at the arena for two days. The project team will have until Sept. 28 to restore the building to its exact current state.

“We are ready to get to work!” Pat Rodgers, Rodgers’ president and CEO, said. “The team we’ve assembled represents the best of Charlotte, the best of the Carolinas and the best of the nation. I have every confidence that collectively, we have the skills, the experience and the know-how to get the job done and make the Carolinas proud.”

Learn more about the DNC and the construction efforts by checking out:

“DNC, Charlotte in political arena — literally”The Charlotte Business Journal, July 16, 2012