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Riverside Convention Center

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    • City of Riverside
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Design Achievement - The expansion to the Riverside Convention Center acts as a new economic engine for downtown Riverside. DLR Group's design creates a variety of unique spaces to accommodate a range of meeting needs and attendee activities. This enables the Convention Center to attract larger events, creating additional revenue and still appealing to smaller groups by maintaining the center's downtown, boutique feel. The expansion used the unique contours of the site to create a second primary entrance on the lower level along with additional parking. This second entrance allows the center to host multiple events simultaneously. A new exterior plaza welcomes guests to an intimate setting for outdoor cocktail events or to host larger outdoor gatherings. The exterior facade recalls the historic architecture of Riverside with its arcades, trellises, and impressive tower entrance.

Scope Summary - The scope of work encompassed a 36,000 SF addition of exhibition and pre-function area to the existing structure. Now at 127,375 SF, the expanded Riverside Convention Center provides 50 percent more exhibit hall space, additional meeting rooms, a large pre-function area, a second entry, a new concourse, and a welcoming outdoor plaza. Sustainable design features include: high efficiency LED lighting, occupant sensors for energy management, natural daylighting, recycled materials and drought tolerant landscaping. DLR Group provided architecture and interior design services in design-build delivery with Turner Construction Company.

Awards & Recognition

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  • Urban Design Award

    American Planning Association (APA) Inland Empire Section