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Latino talents shape redesign of DNC venues

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Architect Luis Tochiki hopes a chance to help redesign DNC venues will highlight the talents of the Latino community.

Tochiki, a partner at Neighboring Concepts, is part of a group working to transform Time Warner Cable Arena in a space for thousands of delegates and journalists.

The group is also responsible for designs at the Bank of America Stadium where President Barack Obama will make his nomination acceptance speech.

Last month WBTV got a behind the scenes look at the changes. Seats will be temporarily removed to make room for the stage, podium and tv cameras.

"It could be a once in a lifetime opportunity but we hope this will open doors for all type of similar projects," Tochiki said.

Peruvian born, Tochiki came to Charlotte in 1983 speaking no English.

In 2003, he became a partner at Neighboring Concepts.

Soon after Charlotte was selected as the venue for the DNC, the architectural firm Populous from Denver, which had worked on the planning for the previous convention, began looking for a local partner to support them with the project.

The firm along with Rogers Construction was awarded the contract to make $7 million in changes to the arena and stadium. The money is part of the $36.5 million raised by the host committee.

"Every year the Latino population is growing and I hope that after this we can prove to the community that we have a great pool of talent that the community can count on and tap into to help shape and make this community grow," Tochiki said.

Tochiki says they are continuously improving areas and expect to do so until the day of the event.

DNC officials have a goal of spending at least one third of funding on contracts and projects with Latinos, women, LGBT and other minority owned businesses.

A Charleston based subcontracting firm is also Latino-owned and a Cuban-American artist is helping design the credentials for the event.


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