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Magnificent Metal Monday – Los Angeles Convention Center in Spotlight

Photo Credit: CityWatchLA

After not being used for months on end and also serving as an overflow hospital for COVID-19 patients, the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) took center stage last night as the primary venue for the high profile Grammys event. Although there was no audience present, there was a red carpet, awards and live performances.

Compared to other convention destinations, Los Angeles has lagged behind, especially to its neighbor Anaheim. According to CityWatchLA, “To attract a greater share of the lucrative convention business, the Tourism and Convention Board has been modernizing the Convention Center and promoting hotel development with the goal of adding 4,000 new hotel rooms within walking distance of it by 2020.”

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Magnificent Metal Monday

Miami Beach Convention Center; Photo credit: Robin Hill in Building Design + Construction

In this time where face-to-face trade shows, meetings and conventions have come to a screeching halt, perhaps this amazing renovation and expansion of the Miami Beach Convention Center can provide a ray of hope for this temporarily decimated industry sector. Featured in their October issue, Building Design + Construction reported, “The project was built with the future in mind by using steel construction with composite metal decks for raised floors in the case of rising sea levels. The renovation concepts were inspired by modern designs incorporating natural elements of the ocean, beach, and underwater life. Waves, manta rays, and coral reefs were studied as part of the design process. The building envelope is designed with linear forms that create a curvilinear undulation inspired by ocean waves. The facade has hurricane resistant connections meant to withstand even the largest storms. The interior design finishes emulates receding water, sea foam, and patterns relating to various typed of local coral reef. “

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