Oregon Convention Center

Oregon Convention Center
General information
Location Portland, Oregon
Address 777 NE Martin Luther King Boulevard
Completed 1990
Renovated 2003
Height 63 metres (207 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 4
Floor area approx. 1,000,000 square feet (93,000 m2)[1]
Design and construction
Owner Metro
Architecture firm Zimmer Gunsul Frasca

The Oregon Convention Center is a convention center in Portland, Oregon. Opened in 1990,[2] it located on the east side of the Willamette River in the Lloyd District neighborhood. It is best known for the twin spire towers which provide light into the building's interior and for housing the world's largest Foucault Pendulum. The center is owned by Metro, the Portland area's regional government, and operated by the Metropolitan Exposition and Recreation Commission.[1]

The building was designed by the architectural firm of Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects (ZGF). It is the largest convention center in Oregon at nearly 1,000,000 square feet (93,000 m2). The complex includes 255,000 square feet (23,700 m2) of exhibit space. It features the largest ballroom in the City of Portland at 35,000 square feet (3,300 m2). The original building opened in 1990 and was expanded in 2003.[1] ZGF was also involved in designing the expansion.[3] Most recently, the building has become known for upward illuminating the twin spires yearly on September 11 in memorial of the events of 9/11. In 2008 the OCC replaced its traditional Wi-Fi Hotspots with Wi-Fi Arrays to provide wireless internet services which are sold to exhibitors and attendees.[4]

The building and grounds also have an extensive set of public art, with works from over two dozen mainly Pacific Northwest artists. The collection includes paintings, plaques, glass and ceramic tiles, sconces, mosaics, bells, and parts of a large Douglas fir. Each of the towers has a focal point artwork, with a colorful 40-foot long Chinese dragon boat suspended in the east tower, and a dramatic Foucault pendulum hanging over a gilded halo of rays and an inlaid fantasy solar system in the floor of the north tower.

The region's light rail system, MAX, serves the center with a station on Holladay Street. TriMet bus route 6 also serves the facility, and an extension of the Portland Streetcar system is under construction in the area.[1]

Across the street from the center, to the east, a 30,000-square-foot (2,800 m), full-block "outdoor plaza" facility for convention-related activities is under construction in 2011.[5]


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