Salt Palace Convention Center
Because of increasing demand for convention space in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County recognized the need to expand the existing Salt Palace Convention Center by nearly 200,000 square feet. This included an expansion of the ballroom and exhibit hall spaces and a new pre-function area that would allow greater flexibility in the use of the building. User access to the original Salt Palace Convention Center was limited. Part of the program challenge was to provide a visitor drop-off and pick-up area that would function for the entire facility and provide a “second front door” to the building.
Several existing building elements were interpreted into a new palette allowing the new expansion to relate to the existing Convention Center, while permitting distinct expressions between the original and the new buildings. The curved form around the new south plaza is an interpretation of the serpentine skin at the original building entry, and provided the new second front door required by the program. The new south tower defines the building entry in similar fashion to the existing building entries, yet each tower has a unique and distinctive character.