Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

Civic

LOCATION: Boston, Massachusetts
COMPLETED: 2004
SIZE: 1,700,000 sq. ft.
OWNERS: Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
ARCHITECT: Rafael Viñoly Architects PC with HNTB Architecture
AWARDS: 2005 IES Illumination Award of Merit
PHOTOGRAPHER: © Douglas A. Salin, © Lam Partners

DESIGN TEAM:Paul Zaferiou
 Glenn Heinmiller
 Keith Yancey

The 1.7 million-square-foot Boston Convention and Exhibition Center includes 550,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space under a spectacular curving roof 100 feet high. The roof floats above continuous clerestory windows, allowing a significant amount of daylight to penetrate the hall.

Columns and pendant-mounted asymmetric uplights provide shadow-free ambient lighting, and create the illusion of stretching the daylight across the ceiling.

No downlight existed that would provide the size, beam pattern, and glare control required for this exceptionally high space, so a custom fixture was designed with an internal tilt mechanism so that fixtures could be individually aimed, ensuring uniformity across the entire floor. The fixtures are top-accessible for maintenance through hatches in the floors of the catwalks.

84 meeting rooms and ballrooms are lighted with architecturally integrated coves and wall slots, and dimmable downlights using energy-efficient sources. Easy-to-use preset control systems and occupancy sensors control the meeting room lights.