J. A. and Malone Hughes Love Civic Center


Lamar County Chamber of Commerce - City of Paris

Paris, Tx - Completed June, 1994

This project was constructed by the Lamar County Chamber of Commerce after almost three decades of effort on the part of the community to provide a multi-use special events center for Paris and Lamar County.

The central element of the building is a large, flat-floor exhibition hall which can be subdivided into two smaller assembly halls by a twenty-foot tall folding partition system. Two conference rooms with a seating capacity of 120 are provided which can also be subdivided into a total of six meeting rooms, allowing for maximum flexibility to accommodate conventions and training events.

The center is served by a large kitchen and loading facility for the use of professional caterers, as well as two smaller kitchens which are available for public use, and which can also double as concession stands when needed. The main exhibition hall is provided with two separate lighting systems, an industrial type lighting system for trade shows, exhibitions and other similar events, and a softer incandescent system with a dimmer system for use at banquets, dances and parties.

The main exhibition hall is designed to accommodate banquets for up to 1,500 people, and the room is provided with water and drains at strategic points, and an extensive conduit system to be used for any special electrical service needed by the various events. The hall is also served by a state-of-the-art sound system, with additional electrical service for special sound installations provided by performers.

The building is air-conditioned using twenty-six separate zones and a computerized energy management system in order to minimize energy consumption.

Utilizing the "Construction Manager-Agent" form of procurement, with Harrison, Walker and Harper of Paris serving as construction manager, the Owner entered into thirty-two prime contracts to construct the 29,665 square foot facility. The work was performed almost entirely by local contractors, which was certainly a point of pride for the Owner. The work was completed on schedule and the final cost of the project was $2,915,710.00 ($98.29 per square foot).