Puerto Rico Convention Center
The Dr. Pedro Rosselló González Puerto Rico Convention Center is the largest and most technologically advanced convention center in Latin America and the Caribbean. The center is located in the heart of San Juan on a seaside site.
The signature swooping steel and glass roof emulates sea waves, an image used in tourism advertising campaigns throughout Puerto Rico, and serves as an iconic canopy over the arrival plaza. As structural engineer, Walter P Moore developed a sinuous pipe grid to form a pair of curved shells that span over 350ft. in two directions. Glass skylights and an 80-foot tall glass curtain wall system complete the enclosure. The structure was built on a site with very weak soils, and yet was designed to safely withstand Category 5 hurricane force winds and Zone 3 seismic loads.