Longview’s Maude Cobb Convention Center closed for upgrades

Longview’s Maude Cobb Convention Center closed for upgrades
Published: Aug. 23, 2022 at 1:37 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 23, 2022 at 7:11 PM CDT
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LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - It will be over a month before any events are held at the Maude Cobb Convention Center in Longview. But once it reopens, it will be full of upgrades that both vendors and visitors will appreciate.

Maude Cobb is crawling with construction workers who are working against a deadline according to Longview Director of Community Destinations Shawn Hara.

“We’ve got a lot of construction going on at the Maude Cobb Convention Center right now. In fact, we’re actually closed for the months of August and September in order to do all this work that’s happening behind me,” Hara said.

Hara says the electrical in the floor had failed in spots.

“In order to do the replacement and updates to the electrical here it meant that we were going to close the building because we had to saw cut the concrete all throughout this building because they could not repair the conduit any other way,” Hara said.

Hara thinks vendors will appreciate having better access to power.

“With a building this big, you really need power there in the middle of the floor. And so we think this is really going to benefit a lot of the users that make this building be the home for a lot of events here in Longview,” Hara said.

Hara says that will take time, so the city made a decision.

“Let’s go ahead and do as much as we possibly can while we are closed,” Hara said.

The old glass out front isn’t energy efficient. They wanted to fix that.

“Unfortunately, sometimes water that comes in through that wall,” Hara said.

The new glass is double glazed. And then there’s the lighting.

“We’re going to some more energy efficient LED lights that are also the more white light,” Hara said.

The electric trenches are now refilled, are being rewired, and a new floor is the next step in the $1.2 million project.

Restrooms will be remodeled as well. For the time being, events are being held at the Exhibit Center. The project was funded by the city’s 2-percent occupancy tax.

Maude Cobb is scheduled to reopen on October first with the Gregg County Ducks Unlimited Annual Banquet.