The interior design of the convention center emphasizes white, clean, bright, and reflective elements, scattering daylight from clerestory windows and light wells to suffuse the below-grade spaces.
Cleveland Convention Center & Civic Core
Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc
Associate Architects: URS, Robert P Madison International
Design-Build Contractor: Turner Construction
Structural Engineering: Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Osborn Engineering
MEP Engineering: Karpinski Engineering
Civil Engineering: Osborn Engineering
Landscape Architecture: Gustafson Guthrie Nichol
Lighting Design: Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design
Graphics/Signage: tbd creative LLC
1,600,000 square feet
Certified LEED New Construction Gold
Architecture, Interior Design, Planning, Renovation + Adaptive Reuse, Urban Design
Cleveland’s civic center is one of the most completely realized examples of the City Beautiful movement in US city planning that flourished during the late 1800s. In 1903, architect/planner Daniel Burnham designed what became known as the Cleveland Mall—a large public park flanked by major civic and government buildings on a bluff above Lake Erie. One hundred years later, the new convention center complex continues Burnham’s original vision while reimagining it for the 21st Century, weaving together two public assembly facilities with civic green space to catalyze a dramatic revitalization of the downtown core.
Lined with neoclassical buildings from the early 20th Century, the 600,000-sf Mall overlooks the Lake Erie waterfront, adjacent to cultural resources such as the Cleveland Browns Stadium and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Burnham’s site plan links to a system of parks and green spaces extending beyond the bounds of the city, and functions as a connecting zone between multiple urban districts.
The first facility of its kind to be integrated with a convention center, the Global Center for Health Innovation provides a permanent showroom for Cleveland’s thriving medical research industry and a year-round anchor tenant for the convention center, adding new possibilities for convention planning and driving economic growth for the Northeast Ohio region.
Photography: Ed LaCasse, James Maguire
Given an extremely compressed schedule to produce what would become one of the most iconic elements in the design – the façade system for the Global Center for Health Innovation – LMN turned to its in-house LMN Tech Studio to explore an innovative approach. The group developed a 3D digital model of the façade, using parametric modeling techniques to quickly convert a hand sketch of the window pattern into a set of fabrication-ready glass and precast-concrete panels.
2018 AIA Northwest & Pacific Region, Design Honor Award
2017 AIA National Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design
2015 AIA Washington Council Civic Design Awards, Citation Award
2014 ENR Midwest, Best of 2014 Merit Award, Office/Retail/Mixed Use
2013 AIA Seattle Chapter, Honor Award
2013 Architect’s Newspaper, Best of the Year Design Award; Faade; Honorable Mention
2013 Architizer, Special Mention, Architecture + Fabrication
2013 Architizer, Special Mention, Architecture + Modeling
2012 AIA Washington Council Civic Design Awards, Merit Award, Unbuilt Category
2012 AIA Washington Council Civic Design Awards, Award of Merit, Unbuilt Category