Awards & Recognition
2012 Diamond Award Certificate for Engineering Excellence
The annual Diamond Awards for Engineering Excellence given by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania highlight the best of the best in consulting engineering. A diverse panel of highly qualified judges with extensive experience in their chosen fields honored Pennoni Associates and the Pennsylvania Convention Center with the Diamond Award Certificate. Each project was judged against the rigorous Diamond Awards criteria of: Original or Innovative Application of New or Existing Techniques; Future Value to the Engineering Profession and Perception by the Public; Social, Economic, and Sustainable Design Considerations; Complexity; and Exceeding Client/Owner Needs.
The $786 million Pennsylvania Convention Center expansion is the single largest public works project ever undertaken in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The project spanned five years, added 935,000 square feet of new space, and employed more than 2,000 people. The Pennsylvania Convention Center expansion was completed three months ahead of schedule and on budget. With 2.3 million square feet, the Convention Center is the largest contiguous exhibit space in the Northeast.
2012 Diamond Award for Engineering Excellance: Best Panel
The purpose of the Best Panel Award given by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania is to promote the communication of engineering excellence by creating displays that are visually exciting and stimulating to read, as well as promoting achievements in the engineering profession. A panel of communications professionals served as judges, and presented the Best Panel Award to Pennoni Associates for their Pennsylvania Convention Center project.
2011 Best Government/Public Building- ENR NY 2011 Best Projects
ENR New York selected the Pennsylvania Convention Center as 2011ís Best Government/Public Building. The ENR New York annual Best Projects Awards honor construction and design excellence from across New York, New Jersey, New England, and parts of the Mid-Atlantic region. The candidates were judged by project type in conjunction with the following criteria: challenges, safety, design, and innovation.
LEED® Gold Certification from the US Green Building CoucilThe Expansion and Renovation to the Pennsylvania Convention Center achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification. The Expansion's LEED rating corresponds to the GOLD certification level under the LEED for New Construction rating system. LEED is an internationally-recognized green building certification system, developed by the U. S. Green Building Council (USGBC). It provides building owners and operators with guidelines for implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. The LEED rating system recognizes projects that develop and implement sustainable design strategies for better environmental performance.
2011 Project of the Year- March of Dimes Transportation, Building and Construction Awards
The Southeast Division March of Dimes awarded the Pennsylvania Convention Center with the 2011 Project of the Year award for the Convention Center's Expansion Project. The award honors the leaders in public and private sectors of transportation, building, and construction industries. The honorees were selected by a committee of their peers and honored for their achievement and leadership in their respective professions and for their efforts to promote economic development within Southeastern Pennsylvania.
"Best Public Investment in the Last 10 Years"
Philadelphia s Center City District, a special services district that helps keep the city clean, safe and attractive, polled Philadelphians on what they love about Center City. The Pennsylvania Convention Center was named the "Best Public Investment in the Last 10 Years." The PCC was recognized for $2 billion in convention related spending and $225 million more in taxes that it has generated since opening in 1993.
PCC has 1.3 million square feet of space, including 315,000 square feet of continuous exhibit space, a 31,512-square-foot ballroom, 34,960-square foot Grand Hall and a second 125,120-square foot exhibit hall. The grand hall, which is built into the historic Victorian building that was once the Reading Railroad Train Shed, is a dramatic one of a kind space with a majestic arched ceiling. The Pennsylvania Convention Center is located in the heart of Center City Philadelphia.
2006 Planner's Choice Award
The 2006 Planner's Choice winners were announced in the December 18th issue of Meeting News. Winners were chosen by meeting planners nationwide, on a top of mind basis.
Voters based their nominations on service and expertise of the staff, quality and number of services provided and timely response and follow-up to any questions or problems. Also considered are amenities, food & beverage quality and meeting facilities.
Five Prestigious Awards
PCC begins what will be its busiest year ever, with five (5) new and prestigious industry awards:
- "Prime Site Award", Facilities & Destinations Magazine
- "Best of the Best" in the 2001 and 2002 Office Building of the Year "TOBY" Awards Competition sponsored by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Philadelphia and International
- "Top Major Convention Center Openings and Expansions of the Last Decade" Expo magazine
- "2001 Planners Choice Award for Convention Centers"
- "The Best Public Investment of the Last 10 Years" by Philadelphia's Center City District.
"Best of the Best" Award
PCC received a "Best of the Best" Award from the BOMA at its "TOBY" Awards Competition for its extraordinary art collection. The PCC's $2 million, public collection of contemporary American art includes 73 purchased art works and 18 site-specific installations that are punctuated throughout the 1.3 million square foot facility.
Expo Magazine Award
Expo, the magazine for exposition management, named the PCC to its list of "Top Major Convention Center Openings and Expansions of the past decade". The PCC, which opened in 1993, was featured in the November/December 2001 issue of the publication, which targets exposition managers and association executives.
Meeting News Magazine Award
Meeting News magazine recognized PCC in its December 2001 listing "Planner's Choice Awards", which gives recognition to convention centers and other facilities that strive to deliver the highest levels of service, accommodations and meeting facilities.