Beyond Convention

by Jill Tunick, Freelance Writer; Arlington, VA,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2000, Vol. 70, Issue 2, Pg. 46-51


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: As engineers approach the design of new and expanded convention centers around the country, they must consider not only the changing needs of convention-goers, but also the surrounding neighborhood and the community at large. Owners want open, flexible spaces that can be used for multiple functions as well as the latest in technological and acoustical designs. Architects want the exteriors to either blend with the surroundings or make bold statements that can help the cities in which the centers are located thrive. It falls to the structural and foundation engineers to blend these many demands into centers that are easy to use and easy to look at.

Subject Headings: Recreational buildings | Community development | Multiple purpose structures

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