Center of Attention

by T. F. Mariani, P.E., President; Mariani Architects Engineers, Washington, D.C.,
Mark Tamaro, P.E., Senior Associate; Thornton-Tomasetti-Cutts, Washington, D.C,
Roger Kerley, P.E., Senior Vice President; Jackson and Tull, Washington, D.C.,
Tom Wendel, P.E., Senior Associate; Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers, New York, NY,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2003, Vol. 73, Issue 5, Pg. 42-51

Document Type: Feature article


The designers of the new Washington Convention Center created an immense building that complements rather than overpowers the surrounding neighborhood. By placing the main exhibit hall underground, the design enables the facility to accommodated the nation's largest conference and trade shows.

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