Monona Terrace Convention Center

Madison, WI

The design for downtown Madison’s Monona Terrace Convention Center is one of the last creations of internationally acclaimed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Extending 1,200 feet along Madison’s Lake Monona shore line, the facility consists of a 250,000-square-foot multi-level convention center building and an adjacent bi-level parking ramp with 560 spaces.

The center includes a 40,000-square-foot exhibition hall, 16,000 square foot ballroom, 8,000-square-foot assembly hall, 10,000-square-feet of meeting rooms, a 300-seat lecture hall, full-service kitchen and concession facilities, and generous circulation and community spaces. A finely detailed rooftop garden with unique lighting features and extensive landscaping provides a park-like setting for outdoor activities. Olin Terrace and the State Capitol are directly accessed by a pedestrian bridge.

In 2007, Monona Terrace became the first convention center in the country to earn LEED-EB Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED-EB is a nationally accepted benchmark for environmentally friendly, energy-efficient operations and maintenance in existing buildings.


Category /

Government & Municipal

Attributes /

New Construction
Sustainable Building

Architect /

Taliesin Architects