HENRY B. GONZALEZ CONVENTION CENTER | POPULOUS

THE PROJECT

DESIGN ARCHITECT                        
    
POPULOUS 
ASSOCIATE ARCHITECT                  
   
MARMON MOK
CLIENT                                          
    
SAN ANTONIO CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU
CONTRACTOR                                  
    
HUNT / ZACHRY - A JOINT VENTURE
CIVIL ENGINEER                            
    
PAPE-DAWSON ENGINEERS
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER                
    MAGNUSSON KLEMENCIC ASSOCIATES & JQ ENGINEERING
MECHANICAL ENGINEER                
     
SYSKA HENNESSEY & H2MG
LIGHTING DESIGNER                      
    
HORTON LEES BROGDEN
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT                
    
OLIN STUDIO & CFZ GROUP

LOCATION             
    
SAN ANTONIO TEXAS
MEETING ROOM SQUARE FOOTAGE      
    203,000 GSF
EXHIBITION SPACE SQUARE FOOTAGE  
    504,000 GSF
OPENED
    2016  
PHOTOGRAPHY
    TERRY WIER
    
    
                                                    
                                                    

 

THE STORY

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.

 
 

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