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Orlando Events Center and Parking Complex
In December, city leaders and the Orlando Magic unveiled plans for a new $480 million Orlando Events Center (OEC) scheduled to open in September 2010. C.T. Hsu + Associates is the associate architect in charge of the building exterior design, working in conjunction with design architect HOK Sport. In addition, the firm and PCL Construction are providing design/build services for a $34 million parking structure to serve the needs of the OEC.
At 800,000 SF, the OEC is more than twice the size of the Amway Arena it will replace. However, the biggest difference between the two facilities will be the exterior, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The design of the building’s exterior uses a modern blend of glass and metal materials, and features a 20,000 SF glass entrance facing Church Street; a 10,000 SF outdoor balcony and a massive LED façade with ever-changing graphics.
The open multi-level parking structure will feature up to 2,000 spaces free of column obstacles, a helicopter landing pad, a climate-controlled elevated pedestrian crosswalk to the OEC and an energy-efficient lighting system.
“Our firm has a 25 year track record for designing facilities that have contributed to Central Florida's evolution into a world class destination,” said C.T. Hsu, FAIA. “Our objective is to create a first-class events center for the City of Orlando while advancing Mayor Dyer's vision to revitalize the historic Parramore neighborhood.”
The Orlando Events Center is one of three state-of-the-art community venues that together represent one of the largest public building projects in Central Florida history. The other venues are a new performing arts center and renovated Florida Citrus Bowl.