LAS VEGAS CONVENTION CENTER EXPANSION
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The design for the LVCC Expansion is part of the LVCC’s ongoing relationship to the larger phenomenon of the City. Las Vegas was settled in a valley backdropped by mountains, mountains that now backdrop the casinos and hotels of the Vegas strip, mountains that inspire the concourses of the LVCC; itself a frame, a backdrop and source of power to the dream of Las Vegas. The design begins with visual reach and experience that unifies the campus across the distance from the Strip to the South Hall. Access and program punctuate the campus between those two endpoints; nodes made cohesive by a “Ribbon” of circulation. Echoing the region’s mountains, the Ribbon is amplified at significant points to unite, announce entry and celebrate the act of gathering; an orienting path for the eyes, the feet and the mind. The Ribbon is a wayfinding landscape of seamless connection and graphic activation from end to end, continuous and customizable to announce and activate the LVCC and make it a visible player from Las Vegas Boulevard and its hotels; an artery of Vegas experience piped straight from the Strip.
The design creates a compact, economical arrangement of program to for the flexibilities that result from leaving much of the site open; an advantage for outdoor exhibit local to the Strip, for further expansion and response to surrounding development. Programmatically, the exhibit hall is efficient and structurally repetitive, designed for steel construction speed to market unencumbered by surmounting structure or by scheduling dependencies of the adjacent concourses and conference center. It incorporates multiple spaces for inside/outside function. Its circulation is organized to create and emphasize intersections and moments of rest for chance encounters.