Populous, in association with Marmon Mok, led the design team as part of the Hunt Zachry Joint Venture, a design-build team with broad experience in major convention center projects. The team replaced the original 1968 facility with 775,000 sf of expansion and renovation extending the 1999 expansion. The design builds upon ideas conceived as a result of Populous’ original Facilities Development Study and seeks to position San Antonio in the top ten venues in the US. Key to improving its competitive position is the provision of contiguous first class exhibition space, clear delegate wayfindingand high efficiency freight handling capabilities. New meeting rooms occupy a prominent position at the Center’s grand entrance, which also includes the largest ballroom in Texas. This new ballroom opens to dramatic views of downtown with adjacent exterior terraces sized for large events. Food service concepts were re-defined, offering customers more options in well placedvenues throughout the facility. Wayfinding, AV and technology systems were also replaced to provide a single, high level of quality. Special consideration was placed on the Center’s integration with San Antonio’s rapidly evolving downtown. Connections to Hemisfair Park, now also undergoing re-design, will expand the Center’s presence to the exterior and forge links to new transit systems. Prominent public entries make stronger gestures to the local community.