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United States of America
Owensboro is the county seat of Daviess County in north-central Kentucky. Originally part of Shawnee territory, settlers first arrived there in the 1700s. The city played an important role in the Civil War era and served as a key river port that continues to this day. The city’s environs also gave birth to the Bluegrass sound in American music, starting in the 1930s and 1940s.
The site of the new convention center on the Ohio River bank was previously occupied by the Executive Inn which accommodated performances by many of the most popular singers of its days. To serve this wide range of activities, programs and events, as well as to provide an important economic development tool, the city undertook the development of a new convention center which includes over 40,000 ft2 of exhibition space, nearly 30,000 ft2 of meeting space and extensive public lobbies, as well as service and support facilities.
Organized on two levels with the halls at grade and the meeting and banquet facilities above, the complex acts as a beacon on the river, signaling the extraordinary ambitions of this community. The exhibition halls and meeting facilities are distinguished by views out to the river while the lobbies overlook the historic downtown. Set in a newly developed riverside park, the facility will join a recently completed performing arts center and an expanded Bluegrass Museum honoring the city’s remarkable history as a triumvirate of public amenities unusual in communities of this scale.
Design Architect (FIRM)
Architect of Record (FIRM)
Denark Construction, Inc.
Civil Engineer, LBYD
General Consultant, Conventional Wisdom, Facility Programmer
MEP Engineer, Associated Design Group
Lighting Designer, CDM Lighting Design Group
Acoustical Engineer / Designer, Shen Milsom & Wilke
General Consultant, Cini-Little International, Inc., Food Service Design
General Consultant, Jensen Hughes (formerly RJA), Life Safety Consultants
General Consultant, Calori & Vanden-Eynden, Signage and Wayfinding
General Consultant, Gamble and Associates, Urban Design