Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Expansion

2016 | Civic Buildings | National Award of Excellence | National Award of Merit

Design-Build Team Summary

Challenge Design-Build Project Delivery Addressed

Design-build was chosen as this project was the largest public procurement for the City of San Antonio, which required working in and around an operational building integral to the City’s hospitality business, along with the need to design and build the project in a tight schedule.


The $325 million Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Expansion comprised an addition of 726,000 square feet, including exhibit halls, a multi-purpose hall, meeting rooms, a 50,000-square-foot ballroom, loading docks, a kitchen expansion, new administrative offices and support space. The primary goals of the project were to create contiguous space; gain the ability to host multiple shows simultaneously and replace the antiquated west building to allow for expansion of Hemisfair Park — all while maintaining continuous operations.

Design-Build Team

Client/Owner: City of San Antonio
Design-Builder: Hunt-Zachry, A Joint Venture
Architects: Populous, Marmon Mok
Engineers: Pape-Dawson Engineers, Syska Hennessy Group
Specialty Contractors: The Brandt Companies, LLC, Alterman
Specialty Consultant: Magnussen Klemencic Associates
Duration of Construction: 15 months
Project Cost: $304,158,851