It’s no small project (floor plans)
The $18.5 million, state-of-the art building is one big room so huge that exhibitors can drive a semi-truck in and turn it around for large-scale installations. Nearly the length of two football fields, it has 112,000 square feet of floor space and is big enough for up to 1,240 Volkswagen Beetles, parked bumper to bumper.
Construction required an estimated:
• 780 tons of structural steel and iron
• 5,025 cubic yards of concrete
• 9,000 feet of pipe
• 62,500 feet of wire and cabling
• 25,000 feet of conduit
• 3,000 gallons of paint
• 120,000 total worker hours and 14,400 cups of coffee
Site preparation for the new exhibition center started in November 2003. The outside tilt walls of the building were in place by the end of July. Major finishing work was completed after the roof was added in September 2004.
It’s flexible and functional
• Moveable wall systems make it possible to divide the building into smaller rooms.
• Three separate events can take place simultaneously.
• The building can accommodate up to 530 exhibitor booths.
• It can host more than 1,800 people for a banquet or provide theater seating for more than 2,000 participants.
• It can be used for shows and events all year long.
Architects Barrentine.Bates.Lee, A.I.A.
Contractor: Hoffman Construction
Cost: $18.5 million
Project completion date: March 2005