In 2007, the City of Irving retained RMJM to design the master plan for its new meetings and entertainment complex,
including the Irving Convention Center. The new Convention Centre at Las Colinas seeks to make Irving, Texas the preferred regional destination for business and leisure tourism. The structure combines the exclusivity and sophistication of corporate conferencing with a venue capable of mounting large-scale events and trade expositions.
The striking silhouette rises up from the landscape, greeting visitors from as far away as busy Dallas-Fort Worth Airport.The convention centre provides open views through and between program areas, inside and out, onto rooftop garden terraces and balcony overlooks. A play on the typically horizontal orientation of traditional convention centres, the Irving Convention Centre distinguishes itself through its upward geometry. Spatial functions are arranged vertically to promote views and linkages with escalators connecting each floor with speed and comfort. The stacking of program elements creates a much desired efficiency in land use that reduces the overall building footprint and improves the efficiency of services delivered.
2007: American Institute of Architects, New Jersey Honor Award
2008: American Institute of Architects, New Jersey Chapter
2011: Best Government/Public Project, ENR Texas-Louisiana Best of 2011
2012: American Institute of Steel Construction, Innovation Design in Engineering & Architecture with structural steel