Convention Center Overview
The Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas is divided into three main levels with the 50,000-square-foot, column-free exhibition hall on the first floor, along with the concierge desk and several green rooms. The mezzanine level features a relaxing cafe and outdoor, covered terrace with access from both inside and outside the facility.
The meeting and junior ballroom level provides 20,000 square feet of meeting space in up to 20 different breakout rooms, each averaging about 1,000 square feet. The space is divided into 11 dedicated conference rooms, one dedicated board room and a junior ballroom that can be divided into a variety of flexible configurations, including up to 8 individual meeting rooms. This level also includes the well-equipped business center, which is available to attendees during normal convention center hours. The unique layout of the prefunction space on this level is also highly flexible and can accommodate multiple groups or provide several staging areas for the same group.
An exceptionally well-appointed 20,000-square-foot grand ballroom and prefunction area is located on the top level of the convention center. This flexible space can be divided into an array of meeting rooms or smaller event rooms. The large kitchen that services the convention center is also located on this floor.
Exhibition Hall Level
At 50,000 square feet, the column-free exhibit hall can accommodate approximately 4,500 attendees theater-style. It can also accommodate over 275 booths, depending upon floor layout. There is retractable seating for 1,100, with seats folding away into built-in storage. The floor is divisible in half, allowing two simultaneous uses of approximately 25,000 square feet each, or event move-in/move-out on one side while an event is taking place on the other side.
Restrooms and concession stands are available on both sides, as are green rooms and drive-on loading docks. Other amenities includea show manager's office with a view overlooking the show floor. Ten loading docks allow for sufficient access and ease for show load-in/load-out.
Meeting Rooms Level
This "conference center" level is a key element of the building's design. There are 20 breakout rooms, each approximately 1,000 square feet in size. Eight of these rooms are also grouped together to create a junior ballroom space of up to 8,000 square feet.
There is a business center on this floor as well. Ample prefunction space allows for plenty of room for catered breaks, and the floor's layout also allows multiple users to occupy the floor simultaneously, while each can easily retain their own areas.
A wealth of prefunction space, with south and east vistas to the Dallas skyline, allows for
plenty of room for event registration and receptions. The 20,000-square-foot ballroom is divisible a number of ways - in half to create two approximately 10,000-square-foot spaces, with each of those halves divisible in thirds.
A New Dimension to Green Meetings
Innovative in its design and approach to meetings, the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas addresses the environmental standards required by so many organizations today. The facility is indeed a departure from the traditional, institutional big box. The ability to move fluidly within spaces and the creation of interesting places to interact with colleagues and clients have guided its design as much as a respect for the environment. The project is registered for LEED certification with the U.S. Green Building Council.
A Natural Copper "Skin"
A natural copper "skin" wraps the building's exterior and creates a dynamic, changing appearance to the building thanks to graduated perforations in the material that create transparency as light shines through. The copper panels will weather gracefully over time, aging to a beautiful green patina. Utilizing this natural material ensures that no chemicals or paint will be needed to maintain it. The perforated pattern of the copper panels also provides a cushion of cooling air to reduce the air conditioning demand. Many of the materials used in the interior finish out, while exceptionally high-end, are constructed of either recycled or locally sourced materials.
Vertically Stacked Design
The vertically stacked layout, in addition to the copper paneling, allows the building to shade itself and its outdoor patios, while utilizing a much smaller footprint of land than a traditional facility, creating efficiencies not only in land use, but in servicing events. The building's vertical approach also makes it highly efficient for event attendees, allowing for seamless movement between events. An integrated parking garage reduces the amount of asphalt required for surface lots; the garage anchors the building's west side, providing another mechanism to soften solar impact. The building's light-colored roof helps to reflect heat from the sun.
Minimized Water Use
Utilizing water from nearby Lake Carolyn, more than 90% of the building's water requirements are met with water re-used for landscaping and other non-potable applications, including the building's cooling systems. The landscaping design includes drought-resistant native plants that require minimal watering. A dense canopy of trees on the plaza will offer a cooling shade while reducing the ambient temperature.
To find out more visit the center's website at irvingconventioncenter.com, where you can take a virtual tour of the building and see samples of interior finishes.