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Teams Picked for Wisconsin Center Work

The Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee will add up to 172,000 square feet. (Getty Images) Construction manager, designer in place for expansion project A construction manager and architecture team have been selected for the expansion of the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, paving the way for the formulation of a design that will allow a more accurate cost estimate for the project, initially pegged at $300 million. The construction management team of Rhode Island-based Gilbane Building Co. and Fond du Lac, Wis.-based C.D. Smith Construction (Gilbane Smith) was selected earlier this month, following the selection in December of Tvsdesign and Milwaukee-based Eppstein Uhen Architects as the architecture team for the project. CAA/Icon is representing the owner, the Wisconsin Center District. Opened in two phases in 1998 and 2000, the Wisconsin Center consists of 188,695 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, a 37,506-square-foot ballroom and 39,364 square feet of additional meeting space. The […]

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Conventional Wisdom

The Las Vegas Convention Center is getting a $1.5 billion expansion and renovation. (Courtesy Tvsdesign) Convention centers, designers innovate to meet growing expectations Can trendy features equal better design? That’s the multibillion-dollar question for the burgeoning business of creating and running convention centers.  Cities across the country and from all market sizes are building, expanding and renovating their public meeting halls, no matter whether you call it catching the zeitgeist or going upmarket to attract more events and attendees. “The convergence of convention center and hospitality design” is how the movement is described by Rob Svedberg, a principal with Tvsdesign. “There are a lot of things people talk about as trends I consider best practices. If you’re in a building that’s in desperate need of help, it feels like a trend because it’s something you don’t have.” Svedberg explained the need for a hospitality focus with flexible, open spaces bathed in […]

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Sustainability Upgrades Come at a Cost but Deliver Return on investment

New LED lighting at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center provided a quick return on investment. (Jeff Blake) Sustainability has quickly become table stakes for convention centers vis-à-vis competition and with attendees. That raised not only the ante for facilities but also costs. “Now every delegate expects that you are sustainable, but nobody wants to pay for it,” quipped Rafael Viñoly-Menendez, a partner with LMN Architects. That sentiment was echoed by others in the industry, but Viñoly-Menendez noted that there generally are payoffs for these measures, especially energy-efficient initiatives.  Cheryl Swanson, general manager of the Columbia Parabolan injection (Tren Hex) (S.C.) Metropolitan Convention Center, agreed, saying, “The LED lighting was the most expensive upgrade, but with a 67% energy savings, the return on investment is quick.”  The Columbia complex has taken steps to greater sustainability large and small: “We replaced trash cans with two-stream units (trash and recycling in each) which […]

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