The exterior lights at the Charlotte Convention Center have a green tint.

Charlotte Convention Center

Convention center’s urban transformation

Project Facts

Location Charlotte, North Carolina
Owner Charlotte Convention Center Authority
Size 810,000 SF
Status Completed 2007


In response to the city’s remarkable growth, the Charlotte Convention Center underwent a vital transformation in 2007. The bustling urban setting provides the building with a strategic location near the airport and various entertainment hubs. This ambitious renovation involved vertical expansion and seamless integration with the surrounding neighborhood, featuring exterior enhancements and two public pedestrian crossings.

Inside the Charlotte Convention Center entrance, there are floor-to-ceiling windows.

Daylight causes shadows on a sitting area inside the Charlotte Convention Center.

Decorative exterior columns sit outside the Charlotte Convention Center.

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About the project

Initially built in 1995 with structural design by Walter P Moore, the Charlotte Convention Center was expanded and renovated in 2007 to keep pace with the ever-evolving convention industry. The renovation added public and exhibition spaces, meeting rooms, a complete kitchen, and a loading dock. The center was physically connected via the vintage trolley line and a new pedestrian bridge to the adjacent NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Walter P Moore specified a floating slab system atop the rail support structure to isolate the supporting structure from vibrations generated by the trolley. The slab mass was designed as a damping system in conjunction with a Gerb springs system.

Renovations also included crossings for a service corridor, two public pedestrian crossings, and two elevators, all supported on the existing structure. Two pedestrian bridges and a mezzanine were added to provide additional egress from the vintage trolley and a future light rail system.