Knoxville Convention Center

Knoxville's Most Technologically Advanced Facility
The project team has done an outstanding job of working with the owner in coordinating all the issues necessary in order to achieve the certificate of occupancy.
Richard Bigler, Executive Director - Public Building Authority, City of Knoxville
Location: 
Knoxville, Tennessee
Client: 
Knoxville Public Building Authority
Architect: 
McCarty Holsaple McCarty, Inc.
Contract Value: 
$96,000,000
Size: 
480,000 Square Feet
Year Completed: 
2002
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Expertise: 

Under a joint venture agreement, Clark constructed the Knoxville Convention Center in 2002. The building sits on the west edge of the city's urban core and adjacent to the site of the World’s Fair held in 1982.

The Knoxville Convention Center is comprised of a 121,000 square-foot exhibit hall, a 30,000 square-foot ballroom, 26,000 square feet of meeting space in 14 rooms, a 461-seat lecture hall and a full banquet kitchen and back-of-house service. Functions are arranged on three levels with the exhibit hall and truck service at the lowest and underground level.

The building's structure is designed to mirror the rolling terrain of the city. The scale of the structure is minimized to blend with smaller buildings nearby. Materials reflect Knoxville’s architectural tradition, relying on a richness of natural texture and color.