Cobb Civic Center's $5.1 million makeover should be ready by spring

The Cobb Civic Center at 548 South Marietta Parkway is undergoing a $5.1 million makeover that should be completed by spring.

Work on the project began in March by Hogan Construction Group.

Under a separate contract, the electronic message board has been upgraded with a full-color LED screen.

Constructed in 1972, the 31,000-square-foot center will see several improvements.

They include utility infrastructure; mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems; a new food preparation catering kitchen and additional meeting rooms. Other changes will be signage and modern data connectivity to make the center more attractive as a rental venue.

Among the aesthetic improvements will be painting and lighting.

Congestion and bottlenecks inside the building will be decreased.

Also, a new 7,900-square-foot pre-function space will be built in the entrance plaza, serving both Hudgins Hall and the adjacent Jennie T. Anderson Theater.

Once completed, county officials plan for these improvements to support more and varied types of shows, meetings and events, leading to increased rental revenues for the county.