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David L. Lawrence Convention Center


February 7, 1981


Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County


The environmentally-smart, SMG-managed David L. Lawrence Convention Center, is located in downtown Pittsburgh’s cultural district, within steps of theaters, galleries, restaurants and across the bridge from PNC Park-home to Pirate baseball, and Heinz Field-home to Steelers & Panther football. The Center’s dynamic architectural design is like no other—breath-taking views, open terraces, and a suspended roof structure. Our abundant pre-function space overlooks the Allegheny River as well as Pittsburgh’s impressive downtown skyline.

We have received the Gold (new construction) and Platinum (existing building) LEED® Certification rating from the US Green Building Council. The “green” features include: a natural ventilation system, an abundant amount of natural daylight, a water reclamation system, and an extensive waste diversion program.


15 years


  • 313,000 square foot exhibition space


  • Hosts more than 200 events annually generating an excess of $100 million in economic impact to the local community
  • In 2009 the DLCC was selected and successfully hosted the G20 Summit. The Summit included, Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors from 20 economies plus the European Union.
  • Oversight of greywater reclamation plant that lessens the need for potable water usage.
  • Winner of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for Safety Excellence
  • Donated 60 tons of unused and gently used durable goods to non-profit community organizations over a four year period
  • Only Convention Center in the world to receive Gold (new construction) and Platinum (existing building) LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification rating from the US Green Building Council.
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