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Since opening in 1957, the 2,000,000 square-foot Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center (formerly Dallas Memorial Auditorium and the Dallas Convention Center) has been expanded and renovated on an ongoing basis to keep up with the area’s convention and trade show demands. One of the largest convention centers in the nation, the facility served as an emergency shelter for thousands of Hurricane Katrina refugees in September 2005.
Its most recent expansion, a 203,000 square-foot exhibit hall addition completed in 2012, is the largest column-free singular exhibit hall in the world featuring soaring 40-foot ceilings and two sets of arched steel trusses, each weighing 740 tons, providing a distinctive profile with its arches lit at night, accenting the Dallas cityscape.
73,300 square feet
20,000 sf of meeting rooms
Interior finish out of shell space
Facility assessment of existing convention center
Prioritization of repair improvements and future expansion
Master plan to facilitate long-range capital planning
Seeking LEED Silver Certification
in association with SOM