September 30, 2012
by Canadian Architect
Over the last two decades, Seattle-based LMN Architects has established itself as an industry leader in the design of convention centres throughout the United States. Following the recent accolades for the award-winning, LEED Platinum-certified Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, BC, the firm is expanding its international presence in the convention centre arena with two new projects in Canada. In collaboration with other firms, LMN will be involved in significant design projects for convention centres in Winnipeg, Manitoba and London, Ontario.
“We look forward to helping Winnipeg and London create new visions for these significant representations of their cities, and collaborating with local firms who bring unique understandings of their communities.” says LMN Design Partner Mark Reddington, FAIA.
The Winnipeg project is a high-profile, multi-storey expansion of the current Winnipeg Convention Centre. The expansion will include an upper-level exhibit hall, incorporating a signature event room dubbed the City Room – which extends over York Avenue, along with a ballroom, new pre-function spaces, and support areas on the adjacent expansion site.
Team selection included a two-stage North American competition. The selected team consists of design-build contractor Stuart Olson Dominion Construction Ltd., developer Matthews Southwest, and LMN leading the design with local Winnipeg architectural firms Number TEN Architectural Group and LM Architectural Group.
LMN was also selected to complete a space needs analysis and utilization recommendations for the London Convention Centre in London, Ontario. LMN will collaborate with feasibility analysis firm HLT Advisory, Inc. and Toronto-based design firm Dialog. The team was selected by the London Convention Centre to evaluate the existing facility and regional competition venues, and determine what improvements can be undertaken to increase space utilization and event revenue.
The Winnipeg and Ontario projects join LMN’s significant portfolio of convention centre designs. In addition to the Vancouver Convention Centre West, recent projects include the Cleveland Convention Center and Medical Mart, Dena’ina Convention Center in Anchorage, Cincinnati’s Duke Energy Convention Center, and the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center New Orleans Hall A Renovations. The London study assignment further adds to the list of recently completed similar facilities studies at both the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon and the Monterey Conference Center in Monterey, California.
For more information about LMN Architects, please visit www.lmnarchitects.com.
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