Redesign for Kentucky International Convention Center Revealed
Officials unveiled the HOK and EOP Architects design for the renovation and expansion of the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville.
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer joined convention center officials in unveiling the latest design images.
The expansion of the convention center will increase contiguous exhibit space by more than one-third, from 146,000 square feet to more than 200,000 square feet, and will add a 40,000-sq.-ft. ballroom, all within the existing footprint. The project also includes a renovation of the meeting rooms.
“The improvements for the Kentucky International Convention Center are very important to downtown Louisville and the many businesses that depend upon conventions in this city,” said Beshear. “This work will result in an annual economic impact of more than $50 million and will help retain current business and attract new conventions to Kentucky.”
In addition to enhancing the exterior of the building, the design will improve navigation and pedestrian flow, emphasize entrances and enhance the meeting rooms. The sustainable design promotes energy and water conservation, and the project team is aiming for LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
“The redesigned center will allow us to compete for more convention business, which helps support existing jobs and creates new ones. Combined with the Omni development, the bourbonism boom and the other new hotels, this convention center will add even more vitality to our vibrant downtown,” said Fischer.
“For many convention attendees, they will spend a lot of time in these walls. It is important that the iconography in the convention center is in line with Louisville’s brand, promoting all of the things that make this city great. We hope this will inspire them to return time and time again,” said Karen Williams, president and CEO of the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Construction on the center is expected to begin in August 2016 and is scheduled to be complete in summer 2018. Several national and international events have already been scheduled for the newly renovated facility.