David L. Lawrence Convention Center
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Rafael Vinoly's David L. Lawrence Convention Center is an exemplar of the Pittsburgh region's commitment to sustainable development and environmental awareness. Pittsburgh is home to the Gold LEED-certified green convention center, the largest LEED-certified 'green' building in the world, situated on a former brownfield along the Allegheny River in the heart of the downtown Cultural District. The Center offers 313,400 sq. ft. of naturally lit and ventilated exhibition space (263,000 sq. ft. column-free); 52 meeting rooms; 2 lecture halls; 37 loading docks; and a 31,610 sq. ft. ballroom, the largest in the region. This landmark structure has become the cornerstone of Pittsburgh's continuing environmental transformation.
You could call the David L. Lawrence Convention Center one of the most significant milestones in Pittsburgh's environmental transformation. The Center reflects the environmental friendliness that now is a hallmark of our region. As the world's first certified green convention center, the building symbolizes this region's commitment to sustainable development and environmental awareness.
The Convention Center is functional as well as beautiful. On the cutting edge of design, this innovative structure by Rafael Viñoly Architects connects the urban city to the waterfront overlooking the Allegheny River. Boasting breathtaking views of the North Shore and Downtown Pittsburgh from the concourses, balconies and terraces, the Center is in the heart of the Downtown business and cultural districts. Hotels, retail stores, theaters and restaurants are within easy walking distance.
The design also features a pedestrian promenade connecting 10th Street and Penn Avenue, and landscaped terraces overlooking the river.