The City of Yakima is centrally located in the State of Washington, with major cities including Seattle, Portland and Spokane less than 200 miles away. This provides the Yakima Convention Center (YCC) with an ideal location where conference goers may enjoy Yakima's nature with its 300+ days of sunshine per year and 100's of wineries and craft breweries; further sweetening the draw.
The design goals forming the foundation for this 87,000 sf renovation and expansion include creating a highly flexible and adaptable space capable of supporting numerous exhibits and user types, from large conferences to local community events. ALSC Architects aimed to offer all visitors a beautiful and highly memorable atmosphere that projects the significance of the Yakima Valley-a place to be in the sunshine!
The design creates a strong connection with the exterior through artistic glimpses of sky and transparency. The reflection of sunshine and patterns of shadows woven into the interior finishes cement the bright and inviting atmosphere. The custom Milliken 1mx1m carpet tiles plays an integral role in that with colder tones of the border bearing a 4 tile pattern repeat elegantly emphasizing an organic 16 tile pattern repeat in golden tones of the field. The structured layout will support YCC in beautifully arranging furniture and exhibits within the spaces.