ilani Convention Center Expansion

Cowlitz Tribe unveils expanded ilani Meeting & Entertainment Center, elevates event opportunities

10,000 square foot addition follows on the heels of successful ilani hotel opening in August of 2023; commemorates 24th Anniversary of Tribe’s Federal Recognition.

A new phase of development has opened at ilani. A 10,000-square-foot addition to the Meeting & Entertainment Center, which broke ground one year ago, enhances the property’s ability to attract large-scale entertainment and business events, potentially drawing more visitors and economic opportunities to the area.

The latest phase in the Cowlitz Indian Tribe’s master plan, the addition to the Meeting & Entertainment Center is situated on the northeast side of the property. The expansion brings the size of the venue to 40,000 square feet. The venue has drawn national headliners since opening in 2018, and the expansion will not only help attract world-class entertainment but also a wide variety of trade shows, private events and conferences.

The Meeting & Entertainment Center expansion design choices were informed by connections to the rich history of the Cowlitz people. Subtle use of patterns, colors and rich wood tones weave in inspiration from the Tribe’s heritage while complementing the existing event space. It was designed by LRS Architects, and the general contractor was Swinerton.