(PORT HURON) -- Construction is moving forward on the Blue Water Area Convention Center along the St. Clair River in Port Huron. The northern footings of the facility are in place and the walls of the 43,000-square-foot building will go up in August. Before that time, plumbing, electrical and mechanical work will be done at the site. About $9 million has been set aside for the St. Clair County project. The facility will include a 20,000-square-foot event hall, meeting rooms and ballroom. The convention center will join a riverfront development that includes the refurbished DoubleTree by Hilton, Freighters Taproom and Eatery, and the Baker College Culinary Institute. Plans for the Blue Water Convention Center were announced in 2011.