Meet in the Middle East

Meet in the Middle East

Qatar National Convention Centre Extension

Designed to the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold standards, the Qatar National Convention Centre Extension in Doha, Qatar — member of the Qatar Foundation — features sustainable technologies and modern, historically significant design. For the convention center extension, Burns & McDonnell provided architecture; civil, mechanical and electrical engineering; security and communication system design; landscaping; and construction administration. As architect of record, Burns & McDonnell worked in collaboration with Populous. For landscape design, Burns & McDonnell worked in collaboration with Patti Banks.

The Qatar National Convention Centre Extension features an architecturally stunning bridge that links guests to the Qatar Science and Technology Park. The bridge's leaf-shaped canopy is reminiscent of the convention center's Sidra tree motif and its destination's iconic veil. A skylight shaded by a pergola — with Sidra leaves suspended above a reflection pool where visitors can interact with ripples of water and streams of light — also illustrates the Sidra tree motif.

Sustainable features of the extension include solar panels that power 12.5 percent of the convention center's electricity, while a gray water system recycles and conserves water. The convention center will be the first to incorporate energy-efficient, high-bay LED lighting, which greatly reduces maintenance.

The Qatar National Convention Centre features more than 400,000 square feet of exhibition space plus room for outdoor exhibitions to accommodate more than 30,000 guests, a 2,300-seat lyric-style theater, three auditoriums with stadium seating, a 4,000-person conference hall, 57 meeting rooms, catering facilities, the latest wireless presentation technology and covered parking for 3,200 connected with an air-conditioned people-mover. The extension included an expansion of exhibition space, meeting rooms and catering facilities, and the addition of hospitality suites.

To make hanging banners at the convention center easier, Burns & McDonnell incorporated an advanced mobile rigging grid that allows lowering and raising banners electronically. A command center for integrated presentation displays maximizes the capabilities of this world-class facility.

The convention center will be completed in fall 2011 and will host its first major event, the 20th World Petroleum Congress and Exhibition, on Dec. 4-8, 2011.

For more information, contact Karen Stelling, 816-822-3342.

Learn more online at www.qatarconvention.com.

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