Professional Painting Contractor

Spring 2014

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24 PPC Spring 2014 Y EARS IN THE PLANNING, the Global Center for Health Innovation is Ohio's newest architectural gem. "What began in 2005 as the mere concept of a 'medical mart' – akin to the famous Chicago Merchandise Mart, just health- related – now stands encased in waves of tinted glass and tex- tured concrete, overlooking a vast public lawn in the heart of down- town Cleveland," says Richard Zimmerman, architecture writer for the Cleveland Examiner. A $465 million joint venture of Cuyahoga County, the City of Cleveland and Merchandise Mart Properties Inc., the building is the world's first permanent showroom center with attached convention and conference facilities designed exclu- sively for the healthcare industry. The four-story property covers two city blocks, and houses approxi- mately 120,000 square feet of perma-

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