Kentucky International Convention Center
Louisville, Kentucky, USA
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
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.