L.A. Convention Center & Exhibits Center Authority
Gruen Associates / Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects
John A. Martin & Associates
Gordon H. Smith Corporation
George Hyman Construction Company / M.A. Mortenson Company
325,000 sqft expansion
Design/build services for custom unitized glass curtainwall system
Tinted insulated glass units
This steel structure with glass curtainwall cladding consists of two 160 ft tall pavilions linked by a 615 ft concourse
The early 1990’s expansion of the Los Angeles Convention Center doubled the size of the existing structure. Now 870,000 square feet, the Los Angeles Convention Center is the largest on the west coast and one of the largest exhibition halls in the world.
The World-Class Los Angeles Convention Center is one of the most efficiently designed and technologically advanced convention and exhibition facilities in the world, and it looks it. Two huge exhibit areas are flanked by two pavilions (West Tower and South Tower) clad in reflective glass. The 160 foot tall pavilions provide dramatic entry to the facility, with exposed space frame structures of white steel tubing. The pavilions and exhibition halls are joined by a link of meeting halls hovering above Pico Boulevard.
Enclos was tapped to provide a custom curtainwall system to skin the unique exposed structure and visually unify the exterior of the complex. The system was designed to accommodate excessive movements and loads as might be generated from an extreme seismic event. An extremely aggressive construction schedule and complex site logistics compelled Enclos to set up a fabrication and assembly operation in close proximity to the building site just to assure the requirements of this project.
The Los Angeles Convention Center has been the recipient of numerous awards, among them:
Civic Architecture Award, Los Angeles Commission, 1990.