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David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh
The exhibit halls, seen from the Veterans Bridge.

The David L. Lawrence Convention Center (DLLCC) is a 1,500,000-square-foot (139,000 m2) convention, conference and exhibition building in downtown Pittsburgh in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. Completed in 2003, it sits on the southern shoreline of the Allegheny River. It is the first LEED-certified convention center in North America and one of the first in the world.[1] It is owned by the Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County[2]



Designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects, P.C., Dewhurst MacFarlane & Partners and Goldreich Engineering P.C., the $354 million riverfront landmark contains 313,400 sq ft (29,100 m2) of exhibit space (236,900 sq ft (22,000 m2) of which is column-free), 76,500 sq ft (7,100 m2) of additional exhibit space, a 31,610 sq ft (2,940 m2) ballroom, 51 meeting rooms, two 250-seat lecture halls, teleconference and telecommunications capabilities and 4,500 sq ft (420 m2) of retail space (currently in development). The architect, Viñoly, began the design with a goal in mind of achieving the status of a "green" building. In 2003, the building was awarded Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, making it the first such convention center in the U.S. and the largest "green" building in the world.[1]

The current building replaced the former convention center of the same name that was constructed in 1981. The old convention center was 131,000 sq ft (12,000 m2). and lacked a ballroom. All of the old building was demolished to make way for the current structure which was built on the same site.

The building won the 2004 Supreme Award for structural engineering excellence from the Institution of Structural Engineers.

The convention center is home to prominent conventions, such as Anthrocon, the Pittsburgh RV Show, Pittsburgh Boat Show, Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show, Piratefest, and the acclaimed Pittsburgh International Auto Show.


David Leo Lawrence (June 18, 1889—November 21, 1966) was an American politician who served as the Democratic Governor of Pennsylvania from 1959 to 1963. He is to date the only mayor of Pittsburgh to be elected Governor of Pennsylvania. Previously, he had been the longest tenured mayor of Pittsburgh (serving from 1946 through 1959) and the force behind Pittsburgh's urban renewal projects including the Mellon Arena, Gateway Center, Fort Pitt Tunnel and Point State Park. He was Pennsylvania's first Catholic Governor, and a major force in the national Democratic Party from the 1940's to the 1960's. Historians credit him with leading a compromise at the 1944 Convention that eventually made Harry Truman president. As well as healing a divided convention of 1960 that resulted in the John F. Kennedy/Lyndon Johnson ticket, it is for these reasons as well as his work in the state that he was dubbed "kingmaker" by party leaders.



Fatal collapse

On Tuesday, February 12, 2002, less than two weeks before its scheduled opening[3], a 165-ton truss that was under construction collapsed, killing one man and injuring two other workers.[4] The truss was part of the second phase of construction, scheduled for opening in 2003, and therefore did not delay the February 23 opening of phase one.

Partial collapse

On February 5, 2007 , a section of concrete floor from the second floor loading dock collapsed under the weight of a tractor-trailer and fell onto the water feature area below.[5] There were no injuries. The building remained closed until investigations by the contractors were completed on March 9, the fault was repaired, and the convention center reopened.

Event history




  • All-Star Fanfest July 16-17.




2009 G-20 Pittsburgh summit (September 24 - 25, 2009)


Fictional portrayals

  • Three Rivers, the CBS medical drama, used the convention center for some scenes depicting the hosptial.[9]
  • Fire in the Hole, the FX Network drama, used the center for interior shots of the "airport".[10]
  • Smith, a CBS crime drama that showcases the convention center's interior waterway during Ray Liotta's and Amy Smart's escape chase scene with the Pittsburgh Police. The exterior riverside of the center is shown prominently as the gang transfers to a speed boat on the Allegheny River.


  • Toker, Franklin (2007). Buildings of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh: Chicago: Society of Architectural Historians; Santa Fe: Center for American Places ; Charlottesville: In association with the University of Virginia Press. ISBN 0-8139-2650-5.  
  1. ^ a b "David L. Lawrence Convention Center.". David L. Lawrence Convention Center. http://www.pittsburghcc.com/cc/. Retrieved October 10, 2009.  
  2. ^ "HISTORY". www.pgh-sea.com. Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. 9/1/09. http://www.pgh-sea.com/history.htm.  
  3. ^ Authority director tries to calm public's fears after convention center fatality - post-gazette.com Saturday, February 16, 2002
  4. ^ Cause of collapse unknown, official says - The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Saturday, February 16, 2002
  5. ^ [1] - KDKA.com
  6. ^ Freedom's Steel 2004 (Annual Meeting 2004) - The National Rifle Association of America
  7. ^ "SC2004". 2004. http://www.supercomputing.org/sc2004/. Retrieved 12 December 2009.  
  8. ^ AFL-CIO 2009 Convention - AFL-CIO | American Federation of Labor - Congress of Industrial Organizations
  9. ^ PRESS TOUR JOURNAL: 'Three Rivers' set visit - post-gazette.com Jul 31 2009, 11:15 PM
  10. ^ FX pilot based on Elmore Leonard's "Fire in the Hole" filming in region - post-gazette.com Monday, June 15, 2009

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Coordinates: 40°26′45″N 79°59′47″W / 40.44583°N 79.99639°W / 40.44583; -79.99639


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