San Antonio, TX (December 2013) - The $325 million transformation of San Antonio’s Henry B. González Convention Center (HBGCC) is moving forward with the release of schematic design plans and renderings.
“Strong infrastructure combined with a distinct visitor experience is what makes San Antonio one of the top convention destinations in the nation,” said SACVB Executive Director, Casandra Matej. “This project will allow us to offer convention clients a flexible, innovative facility that is built to meet their needs, providing benefits to all groups meeting in San Antonio, no matter the size.”
Set for completion during January 2016, plans call for 510,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, 85,000 square feet of column-free multi-purpose space and a new 54,000+ square foot ballroom. In addition, the center will feature improved circulation and well-defined entrances, as well as 70 meeting spaces including divisible breakout rooms. This highly anticipated transformation will be accomplished while the center remains operational, without disruptions to events and customers.
“The new Henry B. González Convention Center will reflect the very best of what San Antonio has to offer,” said Michael Sawaya, Director of Convention and Sports Facilities. “Our socially friendly design will offer ultimate flexibility, state of the art technology, and an expanded, exciting art collection – all in one of the most dynamic destinations in the country.”
Location has always been a key point of differentiation for the HBGCC. Now, renovations will create an even greater bridge between the center and its ideal surroundings. Nestled alongside the River Walk and Hemisfair Park, the center is immersed in the scenic charms of downtown San Antonio while also being within walking distance to thousands of hotel rooms and shops, restaurants, historic sites and the 65,000-seat Alamodome.
Host to more than 350 events a year, the HBGCC is a tremendously versatile facility that also offers the 2,300-seat Lila Cockrell Theatre. The coming transformation will allow San Antonio to offer an even more flexible, cutting-edge facility built to meet client and attendee needs for the next generation.
Details above are as of December 2013. There may be slight adjustments as construction completes.