So you want to build a convention center: The case of Hope versus reality

Richard G. McNeill, Ronald A. Evans

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

2 Scopus citations


This is a case study of a convention center development project in the university town of Flagstaff, Arizona. The case answers the question: What can a project management team planning a complex public/private/public convention center project realistically expect in the first phase of the project? Hope is presented as city leaders' probable initial preparation using linear planning through the Project Management Process Model. Reality is presented as Phase I of the model unfolds and intended plans quickly diverge from expectations. The Hope/Reality Gap offers lessons-learned.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCurrent Issues in Convention and Exhibition Facility Development
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9780203708286
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013


  • Convention center development
  • Emergent plan
  • Intended plan
  • Project management process model
  • Project planning process groups

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance
  • General Business, Management and Accounting


Dive into the research topics of 'So you want to build a convention center: The case of Hope versus reality'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this