Virginia Beach Convention Center

Citation of Merit

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
City of Virginia Beach

  • Division Commercial
  • Location Virginia Beach, VA
  • General contractor Turner Construction Company
  • Consultants Clark-Nexsen (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing); Shen Milsom & Wilke, Inc. (Acoustical, Telecommunications); The Office of James Burnett (Landscape Design); Calori & Vanden-Eynden, Ltd. (Graphic Design); Kroll Security Services Group (Security Systems); Cini-Little International (Food Services); PHA Lighting Design (Special Lighting)

Overview

The design expresses the past, present and future of the region, evoking imagery reflective of the region's nautical environment: lighthouses, salt marshes, naval vessels and the 21st century jets that fly overhead. The building integrates indoor and outdoor spaces, juxtaposing natural elements with technological innovations in structure, systems and light sources. One juror said, "The project is rigorous, thoughtful, exuberant, exciting; very inviting and democratic – it encourages you to go into it."

Photos

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Virginia Beach Convention Center photo #1
Photo: James Steinkamp, Steinkamp Photography
Virginia Beach Convention Center photo #2
Photo: James Steinkamp, Steinkamp Photography
Virginia Beach Convention Center photo #3
Photo: James Steinkamp, Steinkamp Photography