Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa Convention CenterHollywood, Florida

  • A nearly 3 million sf convention center hotel located in Hollywood, Florida
  • The multiple uses of the 8-story convention center led to the selection of hybrid structural systems
  • The roof over the column free Great Hall exhibition space uses steel joists to span 155 feet
  • The floor of the Great Hall functions as the ceiling of two Grand Ballrooms below
  • Clear spans up to 135 feet dictated the selection of post-tensioned girders up to 9 feet deep, with as many as 195 tendons
  • Steel girders are used to support the girder formwork.
  • The 35 foot ballroom height would have similarly made slab formwork exceedingly difficult
  • The floor of the ballroom carries heavy loads to provide flexibility for the Diplomat’s convention planners
  • Post-tensioned girders support both post-tensioned and conventionally reinforced slabs
  • Parking levels below the public floors consist primarily of precast pre-stressed concrete joists spanning between girders with precast pre-stressed soffits
  • Awards:
    ASCE Florida – Project of the Year 2002
    ASCE Broward Branch – Project of the Year 2002