Duke Energy Convention Center Expansion and Renovation - Exterior

Duke Energy Convention Center Expansion & Renovation


Cincinnati, Ohio


Duke Energy Convention Center

Collaborators +

Prime Architect: Cincinnati Architects Collaborative LLC, Baxter Hodell Donnelly Preston, Inc., GBBN Architects, Inc., and CR Architecture & Design

Associate Architect: DNK Architects, Inc. and WA Architects, Inc.

General Contractor: Hunt Construction Group, Inc.

Construction Management: Hunt Construction Group, Inc., D.E. Foxx & Associates, Inc., and D. Butler Management

Structural Engineering: Magnusson Klemencic Associates and THP Limited, Inc.

MEP Engineering: Syska Hennessy Group and ThermalTech Engineering

Civil Engineering: Balke Engineers

Landscape Architecture: Vivian Llambi & Associates, Inc.

Lighting Design: Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design

Graphics/Signage: Catt Lyon Design

Interior Designer: Sussman Prejza & Co., Inc.

Food Service: William Caruso & Associates, Inc.

Telecom: Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon, & William, Inc.

Cost Consultant: Davis Langdon Adamson

Code/Life Safety: Pielow Fair Associates

Hardware: Robert D. Hines

Program Manager: Ellington Management Services, Inc. and URS

Specialty Consultant: Ellington Management Services, Inc.

Project Size

New area: 220,000 square feet

Renovated area: 550,000 square feet

Project Status



Architecture, Renovation + Adaptive Reuse

In support of substantial program expansion, this project set out to significantly improve the existing three-floor circulation system, energize the urban context, and create a city-scaled gateway on the western edge of downtown Cincinnati.

The center crosses two city blocks and includes additional exhibition, meeting room, and ballroom space, as well as new circulation and lobbies with glass walls that provide expansive views of the skyline and the Ohio River.

The expanded facility occupies a corner of the primary western entry into downtown. To embellish its presence at the threshold to the urban core, the west facade integrates public art and architecture with a series of metal panels set at angles to form the word “Cincinnati” in 50 foot tall letters. From a city-scale perspective, the glistening letters form an iconic gesture. From within the public spaces of the facility, the piece is perceived in abstracted increments—imparting spatially interactivity in the user experience.

Design of the 40,000 SF grand ballroom blurs the distinction between ceiling and wall, creating a distinctive, enveloping atmosphere of movement, tapestry and filtered light. A series of swirling copper and bronze fabric panels and integrated lighting induces a dramatic spatial mood while maintaining the highest standards in room functionality and event flexibility.