Our Building: Building History

Our Building: Building History

What began as a vision by a group of determined government in 1990, corporate and non-profit foundation leaders became a reality in September 2003 with the official dedication ceremony of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. The opening of the 1.5 million square foot building was so anxiously anticipated by the convention and exposition industry that the building hosted many large trade shows while still under construction.

From 2003 to 2014, the DLCC has hosted over 2,400 events with over 5.1 million visitors.

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Convention Center Timeline


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    NAIOP, Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom


  • image of World of Wheels
    World of Wheels, Hall B
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    American Association of Immunologists, Visitor Corridor
  • image of NAMTA
    National Art Materials Trade Association, Concourse
  • image of IEEE
    IEEE, North Terrace


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    Association of Iron & Steel Technology, Hall A
  • image of Autism Society
    Autism Society of America, Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom
  • image of Communication Workers
    Communication Workers of America, Hall A
  • image of International Bridge Conference
    International Bridge Conference, South Terrace
  • image of American Association of Petroleum Engineers
    American Association of Petroleum Engineers, Hall C
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    Joint Council of Extension Professionals, Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom


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    Platinium LEED (R) certification, EBOM, by the US Green Building Council
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    South Terrace Green Roof was established
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    Voted by National Geographic Traveler as "Must-See Places in 2012"
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    Monarch Waystation was established
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    Society for Science and the Public, East Lobby entrance
  • image of Prebyterian Church (USA) convention
    Presbyterian Church (USA), Hall A
  • image of National Society of Black Engineers convention
    National Society of Black Engineers, Hall A


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    South Terrace's green roof was planted
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    Opening of the Riverfront Plaza
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    Lego’s KidsFest, Hall B
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    National Rifle Association, Halls A,B, & C
  • image of NASCC The Steel Conference
    NASCC: The Steel Conference, Halls B & C


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    Construction started on the Riverfront Plaza
  • image of Tree Care Industry Association convention
    Tree Care Industry Association, Hall A
  • image of Church of Brethren convention
    Church of Brethren, Hall A


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    DLCC selected to host the G20 Summit
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    g1 (greenfirst) was trademarked
  • image of FLW Outdoors convention
    FLW Outdoors, Hall A
  • image of AFL-CIO, Hall B convention
    AFL-CIO, Hall B


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    International Bridge Conference, Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom


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    DMAI Reception, North Terrace


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    2006: National Society for Black Engineers, Hall A
  • image of MLB convention
    Major League Baseball, Halls A, B, & C


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    Grand Opening of the DLCC
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    DLCC completed
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    Finishing Hall A in Phase III of Construction
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    Phase III of construction


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    ACS, Rubber Division, Hall B


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    Phase I of construction
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    The orginial DLCC was imploded
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    Demolition starts on the original DLCC
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    The original DLCC, built in 1981, was demonished. Over 95% of the demolition waste was reused.


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    The #1 Line of the new DLCC
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    Phase 1 of the new David L. Lawrence Convention Center


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    Rafael Vinoly Architects was unanimously chosen after (25) design proposals were evaluated.
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    Vinoly’s sketch of the new DLCC