Fort Wayne, IN

Grand Wayne Convention Center

Our automation controls solution for the second largest convention center in Indiana helped them better manage their heating and cooling challenges.

Grand Wayne Convention Center entrance

Value Delivered

Havel helped the Grand Wayne Convention Center address heating and cooling challenges presented by their city-block-long, 30-foot-high glass curtain wall, high ceilings, and their plan to triple their space to stay competitive in the event industry. 

Our experience servicing the existing controls for 15 years brought unique insight to our solution for their growth. We were able to provide single-source design, fabrication, and installation entirely in-house, and coordinate with an associate EMCOR company to install a sound and lighting system.

Equipping their building automation with web-based graphics enabled on-site staff to control two central plants and pre-cool or pre-heat large meeting rooms more efficiently.

Also, because the center was shut down during construction—which could equate to loss of $100,000 daily—we were able to help the project stay on budget and on schedule.

Client Objectives

The client was upgrading and tripling the size of its space, and needed building automation systems and controls designed and installed within a specific start and end date, to help avoid the substantial expense of a missed day of operation.


Our comprehensive solutions for this project included:

  • All three-dimensional computer-aided drawings
  • Custom panel design and fabrication
  • Installation of controls and building automation systems
  • Training the client’s staff on the use of the new systems
  • Coordination of sound and lighting system installation performed by EMCOR’s Advanced Systems Group

Client Background

The second largest convention center in Indiana, Grand Wayne hosts hundreds of events each year. It offers high-performance Wi-Fi, abundant natural light, and 225,000 square feet of climate-controlled gathering spaces, including a 50,000-square-foot exhibit hall.