Blair County Convention Center, Altoona, PA
The Blair County Convention Center and Sports Facility Authority unanimously voted to retain L.R. Kimball in association with the former Pellegrini Engineers of Altoona, PA to provide all design services and engineering services for a new convention center.
Major surface parking and a garage work were combined with a Marriott Host Hotel to serve as supporting amenities. Additionally, transportation infrastructure was also designed, providing major access to this Convention Center.
The construction included a four-lane limited access highway, bikeways, green space, wetlands, and the grand entryway into the Center property. This project is a major impetus to local economic development in Allegheny Township, Blair County and serves general conference needs between Pittsburgh and State College, PA.
The Center consists of several different types of spaces which afforded all visitors and attendees with a multitude of options designed to fit their specific requirements. These optional spaces range from a two-story, 24,000 square foot exhibit space to large, medium, and small-size meeting/classroom spaces. The facility also includes a 15,000 square foot banquet hall, which can be subdivided into additional meeting spaces.
The 125,000 square foot Convention Center also provides for a large lobby/reception area, wide corridors for additional break-out spaces as well as a service corridor allowing the full-service kitchen facility access to both the banquet hall space as well as the meeting rooms. The main lobby serves a second purpose other than tying all interior spaces together. The continuous two-story curtainwall provides a panoramic view of the adjacent golf course and valley in which the Center is located, tying the visitor to the Allegheny Mountains and Blair County as well.
Connected to the Convention Center is a five-level parking garage combined with on-grade parking to accommodate 650 vehicles. Adjacent, and also physically connected via a fully enclosed pedestrian walkway, is a Courtyard Marriott.
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