Green Building Innovation and Design

David L. Lawrence Convention Center – A Highly Sustainable, Environmentally Conscious Event Space

Written by Staff Writer

By selecting the Platinum LEED-certified David L. Lawrence Convention Center, meeting planners are automatically committing to a greener environment. Every possible green component of the DLCC’s operations is addressed in Pittsburgh, from recycling to product use to conserving natural resources – including water, energy and air quality – meaning an event’s carbon imprint is reduced with no additional cost.

This 1.5 million-square-foot facility features 313,000 square feet of exhibit space, 37 loading docks, 53 meeting rooms and a 31,000-square-foot ballroom. The building’s dynamic architectural design is like no other convention center, offering breath-taking views, open terraces and a suspended roof structure.

Easily identified by its iconic swooped rooftop, the David L. Lawrence Convention Center was the first LEED-certified convention center in the United States, achieving both LEED Gold (for design and construction) and Platinum (for operations). The building’s curved roof is critical to its natural ventilation system that aerodynamically cools the complex by harnessing the river breeze at zero energy cost.

The building’s food service provider donates and composts leftover food waste. A garden located on the North Terrace produces its own supply of fresh herbs to use in food preparation while indigenous landscaping conserves potable water and supports butterfly migration.

More About this Building:

  • The building’s design was the result of an international competition to create a convention center that would embody the highest standards of sustainability and become a landmark for our region
  • Fifty percent of construction materials were sourced within 500 miles of Pittsburgh to reduce transportation emissions
  • An on-site water reclamation plant saves 5 million gallons of water per year
  • Fun Fact: Hops grown on the roof are sent to nearby North Country Brewing Company and turned into an original beer: Rooftop Hops American Style IPA

And the Center’s offerings continue to improve. Recently opened in summer 2022, the DLCC Rooftop Terrace, featuring more than 35,000 square feet of flexible space, is a dazzling new way to enjoy Pittsburgh’s outdoor atmosphere.

Shannon Wolfgang
(412) 325-0309


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