The Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) is the primary public convention center for the Central Florida region. The center currently ranks as the second largest convention center in the United States (the biggest is McCormick Place in Chicago). The OCCC offers 7,000,000 sq ft of total space, 2,100,000 sq ft of which is exhibit space.
The large complex is located on the south end of International Drive, a major tourist area in Orlando, Florida. Solar panels on the roof of the South Concourse provide 1 MW of power. On April 18, 2012, the American Institute of Architects’s Florida Chapter placed the building on its list of Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places.
The OCCC consists of two buildings joined together by a covered pedestrian sky-bridge. The West Building, opening in four phases from February 27, 1983 (with an initial 150,000 sq ft (14,000 m2) of exhibition space) and 1996, is located on the south side of International Drive. The North/South Building, located on the north side of International Drive, was completed in 2003.
On average, the OCCC hosts approximately one million delegates annually and provides a $1.9 billion total economic impact annually to the Central Florida economy.