Pittsburgh is home to the largest Gold LEED-certified green convention center, where there are two kinds of "green." The Center is green in terms of its architecture and its operation.
You could call the David L. Lawrence Convention Center one of the most significant milestones in Pittsburgh's environmental transformation. The Center reflects the environmental friendliness that now is a hallmark of our region. As the world's first certified green convention center, the building symbolizes this region''s commitment to sustainable development and environmental awareness.
The Convention Center is functional as well as beautiful. On the cutting edge of design, this innovative structure by Rafael Viñoly Architects connects the urban city to the waterfront overlooking the Allegheny River. Boasting breathtaking views of the North Shore and Downtown Pittsburgh from the concourses, balconies and terraces, the Center is in the heart of the Downtown business and cultural districts. Hotels, retail stores, theaters and restaurants are within easy walking distance.
The design also features a pedestrian promenade connecting 10th Street and Penn Avenue, and landscaped terraces overlooking the river.