New Orleans' Morial Convention Center Completes Exterior Makeover

Two years after undergoing a $60 million interior renovation, the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans has completed an exterior facelift, it announced last month.

Conceived in 1981, the convention center's original exterior featured a light beige, brick red and dark green color scheme, reflective of the 19th century warehouse buildings around it. Its new color scheme includes the original beige and green, but now features a 279,000-square-foot blue stripe—a custom color that's being called "Convention Center Blue"—where the brick red once was.

"The new shade of deep blue appropriately reflects our relationship with one of the moust famous bodies of water in the world, the Mississippi River," Morial Convention Center President and General Manager Bob Johnson said in a statement.

According to the convention center, its new paint job gives the convention center exterior a "more classic look" that "complements the building's redesigned interior palette, which is exhibited in 88,000 square yards of carpet and 26,000 new meeting room chairs."

"We've gotten incredible feedback from our client base about the new color," Johnson said. "It's amazing how this one cosmetic change can make such a huge difference in our appearance."

Because its 2006 interior renovation was so well received, Johnson said the convention center is undergoing an additional $20 million in improvements. Debuting later this year, for instance, are an updated main entrance, additional landscaping, new furniture pods and technology upgrades.