Kentucky International Convention Center Expansion & Renovation

LOCATION: Louisville, Kentucky

SIZE: 960,000 SQ FT


Exhibit space increases from 146,000 SQ FT to more than 200,000 SQ FT, all within existing footprint, column-free exhibit space, new 40,000 SF ballroom
Design Partner: HOK Chicago
Design Partner: Don Grinberg, FAIA, LEED AP
Photography credit: Christopher Payne/Esto

CLIENT: Commonwealth of Kentucky

TYPE: Expansion / Renovation

AWARDS: Merit Award, AIA Kentucky, 2019; Cornerstone Award, Greater Louisville Inc., 2019; Silver Fleur-de-Lis, Greater Louisville Inc., 2019; Project of the Year, Commercial Real Estate Champions, Business First Louisville, 2019


The design team of EOP Architects with HOK’s Chicago office and architect Donald Grinberg, FAIA, a leading consultant on convention facilities design, completed a $200+ million expansion of the Kentucky International Convention Center in downtown Louisville. The design improves navigation and pedestrian flow and "extroverts" the exterior of the building with a clean, glass facade for ultimate transparency. Meeting rooms are upgraded and expanded; entrances are now clearly marked. The project is designed to LEED Silver.

The improvements for the Kentucky International Convention Center are very important to downtown Louisville and the many businesses that depend upon conventions in this city.

—Former Gov. Steve Beshear