The Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center in Downtown Jacksonville is undergoing renovations to improve appearance and functionality for its convention and meeting spaces.
The renovations include the Grand Lobby and Ballroom, which will see new carpet, cabinetry, marble walls resealing, programmable uplighting, and fresh paint, and the main concourse area features a new digital display system. Additionally, several meeting spaces will receive new lighting systems, fresh carpet, and acoustic panels. Exterior building updates include painting trim and a new roof.
What is now known as the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center originally opened in 1919 as the largest railroad station in the south, the Jacksonville Union Terminal. It featured more than two dozen rail tracks, a restaurant, gift shop, and other amenities. Today, the Prime maintains some of its historical features including a retired rail car, train bumpers, and signage.
“The Prime” features 78,000 square feet of exhibit space with 33 foot ceilings and 22 meeting rooms of various sizes. The Grand Lobby is a special event space, with 75 foot ceilings and marble walls, overlooking the grand fountain and expansive terminal columns.