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10 Years Ago, Orange County Convention Center

Here is another look back 10 years, to see what buildings were honored in 2004 by the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

One of 2004’s award winning designs was the Orange County Convention Center Addition. It received the AWARD OF MERIT in the Governmental Category, designed by C. T. Hsu & Associates, PA, Orlando, Florida.

2004OC West ConventionCtr

The Orange County  Convention Center is the  second-largest facility of its kind in the U.S., encompassing more than 2.1  million square feet of exhibition space.   The West Entrance is significant as the first impression for 1.5 million  conventioneers who utilize the center each year.

The  40-foot-tall glazed lobby and office structure spans 320 feet between massive  stair towers and across what was once the facility’s service entrance.  Visitors from the parking area and buses are  welcomed to the center by a massive “front porch” with radiating metal-clad “V”  columns that leads to a spacious lobby and enclosed bridges to the exhibit  halls.

2004 oc west cc3

Here is a link to the architect’s website:

The independent Jury said: “Aesthetically pleasing. Creates a sense of identity for the existing building.”

Check here for all the 2004 AIAOrlando award winners, on the AIA Website : We will feature more of them in the coming months.

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