Structure Type: built works - social and civic buildings - convention centers

Designers: Deems, Lewis, McKinley, Architects (firm); Erickson, Arthur, Associates (firm); Loschky Marquardt and Nesholm (LMN), Architects (firm); Tutor-Saliba Corporation, Building Contractors (firm); Arthur Charles Erickson (architect); George Henry Loschky (architect); Judsen Robert Marquardt (architect); John Frank Nesholm (architect); N. M. Saliba (building contractor); Albert Garrow Tutor (building contractor); Ronald Newton Tutor (building contractor)

Dates: constructed 1989

total floor area: 1,705,000 sq. ft.

San Diego, CA

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Building History

This catenary-roofed building was designed by Arthur Erickson Architects, of Vancouver, BC, in collaboration with Deems, Lewis, McKinley, Architects and Loschky, Marquardt and Nesholm (LMN), Architects, of Seattle, WA. It resembled the convention center produced in Vancouver, BC. The architects used more than 100,000 square feet of Birdair Sheerfill Teflon-coated fiberglass fabric to cover a 360-foot long by 300-foot wide convention space; more than 170,000 pounds of structural steel supported the fabric. The fabric's apex stood 80 feet above the floor.

Building Notes

This convention center cost approximately $130 million when it was completed in 1989. (See Jessica Elin and Daralice D. Boles, "More than a Box with Docks,"Progressive Architecture, vol. 70, no. 2, 02/1989, p. 79.)

PCAD id: 6513