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Kentucky International Convention Center


Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Completion: 2018

The redesign of the Kentucky International

The design replaces the original building’s

glass creates a dynamic, light-filled interior.

Convention Center transforms how the

solid facade with highly visible entries and

An interior wall enclosing the ballroom is clad

building serves the city.

glass prefunction spaces along the street.

with a textured wood screen, generating an

This visually extends the sidewalk and public

inviting warm glow when seen from the street.

Annual EUI: 76 kBTU / sf / yr

The convention center was developed in

32% below ASHRAE 2007

downtown Louisville in 1977, with an addition

spaces into the building. The sustainable design promotes energy and

in 1999. The initial project challenge was to

A new canopy and colonnade tie the new

water conservation, and the project team is

integrate the renovation and expansion within

addition with the old while creating a civic

aiming for LEED Silver certification.

the existing structure.

gesture with a new portico. Custom-folded metal panels provide a shimmering effect,

HOK is collaborating with EOP Architects on

Designed to increase contiguous exhibit space

transforming opaque sections of the facade

the project.

by more than one-third, from 146,000 square

into an animated surface.

feet to more than 200,000 square feet, the project will add a 40,000-sq.-ft. ballroom—

To expand the exhibit space, the design

all within the existing footprint. Additional

creates large circulation overhangs

updates include renovations to the meeting

above Market and Jefferson streets, with

rooms and improvements to wayfinding and

cantilevers of up to 24 feet, elevated 25 feet

the pedestrian flow.

above the sidewalk. Lining the exterior walls of prefunction spaces with tall panels of

◄ view from market + 4th streets

2016 design annual

950,000 sq. ft. / 88,260 sq. m.

2016 HOK Design Annual