LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — Design contract approved for Convention Center expansion, groundbreaking set for January. For nearly the past quarter century Las Vegas has been known as the convention capital, drawing millions to our city every year. (more…)
Atlanta-based technology and business website Hypepotamus asked experts from all corners of the design industry, from architecture to lifestyle branding, what big influences and changes they’re see shape the future of design. Referencing his more than 35 years of architecture practice on iconic, complex projects both domestic and abroad, Principal Kevin Gordon offered a deep dive into his insights of the past, present and future of design. The following was excerpted for the article, which you can read in its entirety here. (more…)
The $860 million project will be rolled out in phases, the first of which will see the completion of the LVCC District Expansion at the end of 2020. A renovation of the existing 3.2 million-square-foot convention center will be wrapped by 2023. The completed project is estimated to accommodate up to two million visitors. (more…)
ATLANTA – Atlanta-based architecture and interior design firm tvsdesign, in collaboration with TSK Architects, Simpson Coulter Studio, Carpenter Sellers Del Gatto Architects and KME Architects, has been selected by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Board of Directors to lead the expansion design efforts of the Las Vegas Convention Center. The exhibition hall will be the second largest in North America and groundbreaking is anticipated for January 2018.
The award comes after an RFP submission, public presentation, and scoring by a selection committee in Las Vegas. The tvsdesign team proposed a concept that aims to strengthen the LVCC brand as one of the most important buildings in Las Vegas as well as bolster the city’s convention capability for the global meeting stage.
“The selection of tvsdesign / Design Las Vegas for the expansion project signals an exciting new era for conventions and convention business in Southern Nevada,” LVCVA President and CEO Rossi Ralenkotter said. “Our destination thrives on evolution and reinvention, and this design team will allow us to continue providing the world class experience our guests and clients have come to expect.”
Rob Svedberg is the Project Executive responsible for the performance of tvsdesign and the collaboration team. Svedberg leads tvsdesign’s convention center practice and has led multiple successful projects, including the $1.5B Expansion to the Jacob Javits Center in New York City and the $585M Music City Center in Nashville.
“What gets us out of bed in the morning is doing big, complex projects that are important and have a meaningful impact on people’s lives,” Svedberg said. “The Las Vegas Convention Center expansion is just that: big, intricate and positioned to deliver a positive impact on many lives. We are thrilled about the opportunity to create an iconic design for the world’s greatest convention city.”
In 2016, Las Vegas hosted nearly 22,000 meetings, conventions and trade shows, which directly supported an estimated 54,800 jobs paying $2.3 billion in wages and salaries. Overall, the tourism industry continues to be crucial to Southern Nevada’s economy generating $60 billion in total economic impact, supporting 407,000 jobs and $16.9 billion in local wages and salaries. These jobs represent 44-percent of Southern Nevada’s total workforce.
The project will allow the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority to pursue new business opportunities while also growing the shows currently taking place in the destination.
For a gallery of conceptual renderings, please click here.
tvsdesign has worked as an architecture and design firm in 28 countries and 46 states, districts and territories within the United States. tvsdesign has been at the forefront of the major trends in the industry, partnering with clients to design highly functional and efficient facilities that reinforce each city’s brand identity. Additional award-winning projects range from dynamic places for meetings, work, mixed-use destinations, retail showcases, corporate campuses and hotels. From seeing the real potential in a project to finding smart solutions to complex design challenges, tvsdesign’s process enables its team to imagine more for clients. For more information, please visit tvsdesign.com or @tvsdesign.
ABOUT THE LVCVA
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is charged with marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination worldwide, and also with operating the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center. With nearly 150,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas alone and more than 11 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space citywide, the LVCVA’s mission centers on attracting ever increasing numbers of leisure and business visitors to the area. Download the virtual reality app, Vegas VR, to experience Las Vegas from your iPhone or Android by visiting http://www.vrtv.vegas/. For more information, go to www.lvcva.com or www.visitlasvegas.com.
The panel will make its recommendation to the seven-member Las Vegas Convention Center District Committee, which meets Tuesday to make a formal recommendation to the full LVCVA board of directors.
The board is expected to decide on the contract at its Nov. 14 meeting. (more…)
“Local officials celebrated the renovation of Benton Convention Center on Friday morning (more…)
Since 2010, the McCormick Place South Hall in Chicago has hosted many thousands of pop culture enthusiasts and cosplayers for the annual Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) every April. Cosplay - short for "costume play" - involves fans dressing up as their favorite characters for competitions, photos and just for fun. And, as you can see from the Instagram photos below, this isn't like your office Halloween party where someone throws on a hat and claims to be a cowboy. These super fans go all out, constructing intricate costumes and applying near movie-quality makeup for the occasion.
Five years ago, PCMA Convene Magazine called on leading convention center architects to describe their predictions for the future of convention centers. tvsdesign’s Rob Svedberg was one of the architects. In “The Inside-Out Convention Center,” these same architects reflected on their predictions and the current state of convention center design. Svedberg’s thoughts on the move from iconic to unique architectural design in the convention center segment depict a positive change in the industry. Read more…
Nashville’s Music City Center has been awarded LEED NC v2.2 Gold certification for new construction by the U.S. Green Building Council. The rating system is a globally recognized symbol of excellence in sustainable buildings.
At 1.2 million square feet, Music City Center is one of the largest building to receive LEED Gold certification this year. Some of the features that led the certification include:
- The 178,000sf vegetative roof counteracts urban “heat island” effect and helps to slow rain water runoff into enormous water tanks, resulting in an 80% reduction of water use.
- Baffles in the ceiling capture the south sun for better natural light in the facility
- Efforts have been made to design the building for ease of recycling
- Deep overhangs and glazing manage sunlight and shade
“The project and design team did an incredible job making LEED certification a top priority, and I know the Music City Center staff has continued to focus on environmental stewardship in day-to-day operations,” Mayor Karl Dean said. “We set out with an original target of LEED Silver, and I am extremely proud of the team for surpassing that goal and achieving LEED Gold certification. Green buildings like this one are key to driving our city and our economy toward a more sustainable future and to helping us reach our goal of being the greenest city in the Southeast.”
Music City Center was a design collaboration with tvsdesign/Tuck-Hinton Architects/Moody Nolan, Inc. Since it opened in May 2013, the Music City Center has hosted more than 250 events with over 300,000 attendees.
Click here to read more about the sustainability efforts at Music City Center, or visit tvsdesign.com
USA TODAY Travel asked convention attendees and exhibitors across the country to vote on their choice for Best Convention Cities in the United States.
tvsdesign has provided design services for the convention centers in 7 of the 10 Best Convention Cities, including:
(2nd) Boston Convention and Exhibition Center – Boston, Massachusetts
(3rd) Music City Center – Nashville, TN
(4th) Salt Palace Convention Center – Salt Lake City, Utah
(5th) Georgia World Congress Center – Atlanta, Georgia
(7th) Ernest N. Morial Convention Center – New Orleans, Louisiana
(8th) Walter E. Washington Convention Center – Washington, D.C.
(10th) McCormick Place – Chicago, Illinois
“What we love about convention center projects is that they are designed with a focus on the human impact,” says Robert Svedberg, Principal at tvsdesign, “We are honored that our award-winning designs and innovative solutions contribute to the overall success and stability of these communities”.
For the complete list of destinations, click here.