Los Angeles Convention Center

The early 1990’s expansion of the Los Angeles Convention Center doubled the size of the existing structure. Now 870,000 square feet, the Los Angeles Convention Center is the largest on the west coast and one of the largest exhibition halls in the world.

The World-Class Los Angeles Convention Center is one of the most efficiently designed and technologically advanced convention and exhibition facilities in the world, and it looks it. Two huge exhibit areas are flanked by two pavilions (West Tower and South Tower) clad in reflective glass. The 160´ tall pavilions provide dramatic entry to the facility, with exposed space frame structures of white steel tubing. The pavilions and exhibition halls are joined by a link of meeting halls hovering above Pico Boulevard.

Enclos was tapped to provide a custom curtainwall system to skin the unique exposed structure and visually unify the exterior of the complex. The system was designed to accommodate excessive movements and loads, as might be generated from an extreme seismic event. An extremely aggressive construction schedule and complex site logistics compelled Enclos to set up a fabrication and assembly operation near the building site to assure the requirements of this project.



Facade Area:

330,000 sq ft


Los Angeles, CA




100 ft


L.A. Convention Center & Exhibits Center Authority

General Contractor:

George Hyman Construction Company, M.A. Mortenson Company


Gruen Associates, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects


John A. Martin & Associates

Facade Consultant:

Gordon H. Smith Corporation


Civic Architecture Award
Los Angeles Commission, 1990

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