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$207M KY Convention Center Reno Complete

Friday, August 3, 2018

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The Kentucky International Convention Center is just days away from its grand reopening ceremony, capping a nearly two-year, $207 million renovation that has completely changed the face of the building.

The Design

Lexington, Kentucky-based EOP Architects and the Chicago office of global architecture and engineering firm HOK were at the helm of the project, which included entirely flattening one half of the building.

While some markers of the old building remain, such as the general footprint and the terrazzo floor that features scenes from Kentucky and the Ohio River, the major feat of the new design was wrapping the box-like building in glass and cantilevering part of it above the street.

"We have really wrapped the internalized box [of the building] in a ribbon of glass to really be part of the city," said Peter Ruggiero, design principal with HOK's Chicago office.

The finished center has 200,000 square feet of exhibit space, a 40,000-square-foot main ballroom, 52 meeting rooms, a 175-seat tiered conference theater and a kitchen that can accommodate as many as 15,000 meals per day. Vertical wood paneling is seen inside to divide the different spaces, a nod to Kentucky’s famous bourbon barrels.

The Center also now features to distinct main entrances, which were muddled and nondescript prior to the renovation, and the front entrance is equipped with a large, white canopy that can be illuminated in different colors.

The official grand reopening ceremony is slated for 10 a.m. Aug. 6.


Tagged categories: Commercial Construction; Convention Centers; Design; Renovation

Comment from Tom Schwerdt, (8/3/2018, 8:14 AM)

Interesting they chose to go with the artist's conception rather than an actual photo of the completed building.

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