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USA TODAY Travel ranks ‘Best Convention Cities’ in the United States

Music City Center, Nashville, TN

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.

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TEDTalk: How Architectural Innovations Migrate Across Borders


In this TEDTalk, architect Teddy Cruz asks us to rethink urban development from the bottom up, with a fresh perspective on what we can learn from ‘places of scarcity’.

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COBO Center Renovations on display during the International Auto Show


Road and Track magazine interviewed our Convention Center Principal, Andrew McLean, to discuss how Detroit’s COBO Center renovations have set the stage for economic rejuvenation in downtown Detroit, starting with the 2014 North American International Auto Show.

With 700,000 square feet of exhibit space, COBO Center boasts one of the largest contiguous exhibit floor spaces in North America and is the 19th largest convention center in the country. COBO’s modernization of its meeting banquet space will make the center significantly more marketable boosting the economic impact for the city as additional conventioneers patronize the city’s hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues.

How Detroit almost lost its auto show

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Music City Center in Nashville Drives Economic Success


New convention center generated $26.4 million economic impact in first quarter of operation.

Since opening its doors in May, Nashville’s $585 million, 1.2-million-square-foot Music City Center has given the city a beacon for development and anchored a renaissance in downtown Nashville.

In its first quarter since opening, Music City Center‘s 100 events led to more than 18,000 hotel room nights and generated $26.4 million in economic impact. It is also the catalyst for more than $1 billion in new development in Nashville’s burgeoning SoBro neighborhood, located South of Broadway.
Music City Center was a collaboration among the architecture firms tvsdesign, Tuck Hinton Architects and Moody Nolan; the construction team of Bell/Clark/Harmony; and the Nashville mayor’s office.

The result is a center that is more than just a place for meetings. It is a place that encompasses the spirit of Nashville and Tennessee.

There was a lot of care taken to create a place that reflects the best features of the city and brings them down to the human scale,” said Kevin Gordon, principal with tvsdesign. “We’ve designed convention centers all over the world, including three of China’s largest convention centers and four of the five most popular U.S. convention centers. There really isn’t anything else like Music City Center in the world.”

And developers have taken notice. Two new hotels have already opened near the convention center. Another hotel, several restaurants and a 41-story mixed-use tower also are under development.

Even before opening last May, Music City Center reached an event booking goal that yielded 1 million hotel room nights at downtown hotels. It hopes to reach that same mark this year, too. The center’s more than 100 events already hosted have included the Nashville International Auto Show and the fan experience for the 2013 CMA Music Festival.


Click here for more information on Music City Center, or visit nashvillemusiccitycenter.com.

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Construction Update: Mall Plaza Egaña



Mall Plaza Egaña is one of four retail projects tvsdesign is creating for developer and mall operator, Mall Plaza, which will set a new standard for progressive and sophisticated retail in Chile.

Mall Plaza Egaña is surrounded by small scale, low‐rise urban residential buildings, single family home, and was designed to recapture the role of the community’s “central marketplace.” With careful placement of the various mixed-use components, the surrounding community was not only retained, but enhanced.

The new mall will feature:

  • 5-levels of shopping in a sustainable environment
  • Multiple levels of underground parking
  • Large rooftop terrace
  • Large Food Court with beautiful views to the cityscape and mountains

Below, recent construction photos show Mall Plaza’s vision becoming the most progressive shopping experience in Latin America.


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Detroit’s COBO Center Revitalizes Meetings and Conventions


prevue Magazine’s Gianna Wyatt covers the impact our project, the $300 million renovation of the COBO center, is having on the revitalization of Detroit, MI.

COBO Convention Center Detroit Revitalizes Meetings & Conventions

See Also:
Detroit Mayor takes 1st tour of COBO Hall expansion before Auto Show
Inside the Changes at COBO

For more information on the COBO Hall expansion and tvsdesign, click here, or visit tvsdesign.com

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TEDTalk: Architecture at home in its community


In this TEDTalk, Xavier Vilalta shows how he champions an alternative approach: to harness nature, reference design tradition and create beautiful, modern, iconic buildings fit for a community.

See also: Emerging Trends in Mixed Use and Urban Development

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Construction Update: College Football Hall of Fame

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Photo Nov 20, 2 40 15 PMWith only a few weeks left in the 2013 NCAA College Football season, the design and construction team behind the National College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Georgia are relentlessly working towards completing the project in time for the 2014 season.

The iconic museum is taking form as a concrete and steel structure with the exterior glass and metal panel enclosure soon to follow. Photo Nov 20, 2 31 48 PM



The faceted steel structure will hold the gameday theater and the Hall of Fame – offering views across Centennial Olympic Park and down Marietta Street.  The form of the building can best be seen walking north along Marietta street, or for an overall view of its relationship to Centennial Olympic Park take a ride on the new Ferris Wheel.

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You can help support the efforts to bring the National College Football Hall of Fame to it’s new home in Atlanta by purchasing a brick paver that will be set into the sidewalk in front of the museum.  For additional information on brick purchasing (and a live feed of the construction process) visit www.cfbhall.com

Click here for more information on the College Football Hall of Fame, or visit tvsdesign.com.

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Topping Off Marriott Marquis Washington D.C.


Marking a major milestone for Washington, DC, tvsdesign, along with Executive Chairman,  J.W. Marriott, Jr., of Marriott International, and Mayor Vincent C. Gray, District of Columbia, celebrated the topping off of the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC hotel, signifying that the 15-story hotel has reached its final construction height.

When it opens, the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC will quickly exemplify the transformation our Marriott Hotels brand is undergoing as it reimagines the future of travel for the next generation, “said J.W. Marriott, Jr., executive chairman, Marriott International, Inc. I am truly excited for the District of Columbia and look forward to welcoming the Marriott associates who will deliver the quality service that is Marriott.”

Marriott Marquis Washington D.C

Marriott Marquis Washington D.C

The Marriott Marquis Washington, DC will introduce new ,exciting venues for residents, as well as business travlers.  The hotel is also  conveniently located next door to the Washington DC Convention Center (also designed by tvsdesign), and connected by an underground concourse



The $520 million, four-star hotel, will be one of only five Marriott Marquis properties in the country. The innovative design turns this hotel into a social experience with a grand lobby and five separate retail and restaurant spaces.

Click here for more information about the Marriott Marquis Washington D.C, or visit tvsdesign.com

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Miami Beach commissioners Pick South ACE Team for the Miami Beach Convention Center


We are excited to announce that the Miami Beach City commissioners have made a a final decision, and chosen the SouthBeach ACE team to renovate the 52-acre , Miami Beach Convention Center Project.

The big project, which has been called one of the most important development projects in Miami’s history , promises to bring a facelift to the nearly 60-year-old building, which plays host to events such as Art Basel Miami Beach.


Miami Beach residents are excited about the prospects of a new convention center. “It does get a lot of tourist influx into the city and a lot of dollars spent here,” said Miami Beach resident Gregory Barfield.

Along with the convention center renovation, will be an expansion to include a new hotel, public green space, parking, a cultural building and about 90,000 square feet of retail space.

Dan Tishman, South Beach ACE Principal, said in a statement. “The South Beach ACE team would like to thank the Commissioners and residents of the City of Miami Beach for their engagement and support throughout this master planning process. The ideas and feedback we received helped shape an exciting new vision for the City’s convention center.We now look forward to working with the City and the community to bring this project to fruition.”

Watch the video below to view the South Beach ACE Vision for the Miami Beach Convention Center:

tvsdesign was the lead architect for the previous Million gsf expansion and renovation. Miami Beach Convention Center, which is currently considered one of the Top Five Convention Destinations in the United States.

Additionally, tvsdesign was also the Lead Architect for Daytona Beach’s Ocean Center, Situated along A1A, America’s scenic coastal byway.