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David L. Lawrence Convention Center

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.

Convention Center Basics

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.

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

The Convention Center provides the following:

  • 313,400 square feet of exhibition space
  • 51 meeting rooms
  • two lecture halls
  • 37 loading docks
  • a 31,610 square-foot ballroom, the largest in the region

The design also features a pedestrian promenade connecting 10th Street and
Penn Avenue, and landscaped terraces overlooking the river.

Green Facts at a Glance

Natural Daylight

  • lights 75 percent of the facility
  • decreases energy costs by 35 percent
  • conserves electricity equaling the amount consumed by 1,900 Pittsburgh households

Natural Air Ventilation

  • cools the halls as natural air is pulled from across the Allegheny River into the building
  • draws warm air up into the swooping roof peak where it exits
  • enhances indoor air quality
  • reduces operational costs by 35 percent annually

Water Reclamation System

  • sanitizes waste water and redirects it to bathroom toilets
  • reduces water usage by 55 percent, equaling enough drinking water to supply 132 Pittsburgh households


  • an estimated 124,000 pounds of paper and cardboard annually
  • 6,000
    pounds of cans and bottles annually enough to save 1,054 trees, 682
    barrels of oil, 186 cubic yards of landfill space and 434,000 gallons of