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Award-winning renovations at New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center


The renovations at New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center by Thornton Tomasetti earned this engineering firm a 2013 Structural Engineering Association of Kansas and Missouri (SEAKM) award, which recognizes creative achievement and innovation in structural engineering.

After re-configuring the convention center’s existing Hall A exhibit space into a new 60,000 square-foot column-free ballroom with a grand entryway, Thornton Tomasetti won the award in the Other Structural Design Project category.

Exhibit Hall A increased in size from 46,000 to 60,000 square feet for use as a ballroom space as part of the $50 million expansion and renovation. The project also included 26,000 square feet of pre-function space.

Construction of the new grand entryway took place in the northwest corner of the building. Thornton Tomasetti demolished the existing structure and designed a 45-foot curtain wall separating the indoor and outdoor spaces of the entrance.

A cantilevered roof structure along with elevators and stairs were added to the 1.1 million square-foot convention center.

Completed in January 2013, in time to host the NFL Experience during Super Bowl XLVII, the firm collaborated with Manning Architects, Eskew, Dumez and Ripple, the architect of record and its joint venture partners, and design architect LMN on the renovation.

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