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Istanbul Culture & Congress Center

ISTANBUL - TURKEY

BUILDING AREA : 120.680 m
LANDSCAPED AREA : 11.200 m
CONSTRUCTION PERIOD : 12 Months
12 Floors Total: 7 basement floor, 5 floor
Basement Floors:
- Two basement floors for parking: 800 car capacity
- 3 multipurpose halls
- 1 meeting room
- 1 floor meeting room
- 1 floor food court
Simultaneous translation and live broadcast rooms equipped with high technology
In the congress Centre
- Auditorium with 3500 seats
- 5 Halls varying between 500 m and 1300 m
- 1000 offices
- 11 meeting rooms in various sizes
- 3000 m foyer
- 31,800 m multipurpose hall
Main entrance lobby and information desk in the ground floor
Muhsin Ertugrul Theatre with 600 seat capacity in the upper floors
850 events could take place at the same time in the congress centre

The Istanbul Congress Center was delivered to the client, the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality in 2009 less than 12 months from start of construction. The 12 story building has an enclosed area of 120.680 m comprised of 7 subterranean levels, 5 above ground floors and 11.200 m of exterior spaces. The 25.000 person ca-pacity Congress Center has a 3.500 seat auditorium, a separate 600 seat theater, 3.000 m lounge, 800 car parking garage, a 3 story 31.800 m multipurpose hall, several large meeting halls 500-1300 m, 11 smaller meeting rooms, 1.000 of-fices, 24 soundproof translator booths, superior telecommunications and security features and can host 850 simultaneous functions. The 3.500 seat Main Auditorium has a 44m clear span steel superstructure and was completed in just 2.5 months. It has hosted the World Bank IMF Summit and the Arab League Summit because of its security and telecom capability. Additional project scope included a 328m long traffic underground tunnel and the separate 600 seat Muhsin Ertugrul Theater, fitted with retractable stage and orchestra pit, featuring state of the art acoustics, sound, lighting and electronics and backstage amenities. Located in the civic urban center of town the project faced numerous construction issues such as environmental, historic fountain renovation, demolition and excavation phasing, sound control, lo-gistics and the impacts of workers` lodging which peaked at 3.600 construction personnel. These impacts were mitigated by TACA`s construction management, procurement, scheduling, advanced construction techniques and integrated worker safety and quality control measures.
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