The curved roof of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center looks impressive over the lights at night.

Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

Award-winning daylight-infused space brought to life by an extraordinary curved roof design

Project Facts

Location Boston, Massachusetts
Owner Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
Size 1.9 Million SF
Capacity 82 Meeting Rooms


A genuinely iconic space, the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) has catalyzed economic growth and exhibition facility innovation. The 100-foot tall, sweeping roofline floats above expansive windows, providing significant daylight to the spaces housed within the walls. The engineering and architectural teams collaborated to create a unique multi-level above and underground center touted as the “best of its kind.” 

The bright lights of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center make it stand out at night.

Inside the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, it is all white with reflective elements and exposed beams.

The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center has many wide streets to access by vehicle.

The inside of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center is white and bright.

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About the project

Located on a 60-acre site in South Boston’s historic waterfront district, the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) is one of the largest exhibition centers in the Northeast United States and one of the most technologically advanced facilities in the world. The BCEC offers over 516,000 square feet of contiguous exhibition space on one level that can be sectioned off for separate shows or linked into one large room. A 60,000-square-foot, column-free ballroom at the end of the building provides breathtaking views of the Boston waterfront and skyline.

Walter P Moore collaborated with LeMessurier Associates of Boston on the structural design of the facility. The goal was to design an efficient and beautiful long-span roof over the main exhibition hall. This roof structure, which spans 180 feet and cantilevers 65 feet at each end, gives the venue an elegant and virtually column-free exhibition space, a true marketing advantage in attracting large conventions. Not surprisingly, the BCEC has been one of the most successful convention centers since its opening in 2005.