New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Originally constructed as the Great Hall for the 1984 World’s Fair, the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (NOMCC) currently covers 54 acres along the Mississippi Riverfront adjacent to the city’s historic Warehouse District. The architectural design of this premier convention and trade show facility, with its saw-tooth roof treatment, is both evocative of the wharves which once lined the banks of the Mississippi River and serves to channel rainfall directly into the river.

Constructed in three building phases, the NOMCC includes 1,100,000 square feet of continuous exhibit space, a 4,000-seat theater, two large ballrooms, more than 60 meeting rooms, and a 400-seat restaurant. An air-conditioned, roof-top pedestrian walkway provides access to the Riverfront Streetcar Line, linking the NOMCC to other destinations along the riverfront.

client/owner:

Ernest N. Morial
Exhibition Hall Authority
New Orleans, LA

completion:

Phase II: $95 million
890,000 sf
1994
Phase III: $185 million
1,370,000 sf
1998

our role:

Phase II: Joint venture
corp. member, complete architectural
design services
Phase III: Limited liability partnership member, providing complete design services