The Pennsylvania Convention Center ANNEX was just Certified LEED Gold and is the single largest LEED projected project in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Via the Pennsylvania Convention Center Press Release, “The $505 million expansion, completed on time and on budget, is the largest public works project ever undertaken by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and launches a new phase in the development of the Philadelphia region’s burgeoning hospitality industry. With the capability to host two conventions simultaneously, the PCCA expects visitor traffic to soar to an estimated 1.5 million per year. Research estimates the building’s expanded capacity will create 2,000 hospitality industry jobs, generate $10 million in income tax revenue for Pennsylvania, and contribute $150 million annually to the regional economy.”Construction began in June 2008 on the ANNEX to the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The ANNEX consists of an additional 935,000 SF of Exhibit Hall, Meeting Rooms and 5th level Ballroom Room. The ANNEX stretches the current footprint two city blocks west to Broad Street; providing the Convention Center with a presence on North Broad Street. The Broad Street façade welcomes visitors through an expansive glass curtainwall and structural steel canopy. The Convention Center boasts the largest contiguous exhibit space in the Northeast, the largest Convention Center Ballroom on the east coast and allows the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority to host two tradeshows or major conventions simultaneously.