A $325 million expansion of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center is three months ahead of schedule, according to the San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau, which announced yesterday that construction crews have officially topped off the facility.
"As our convention center is the heart of many San Antonio meetings, it's imperative that we offer the most flexible, innovative space possible," Casandra Matej, executive director of the San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau, said in a statement. "The added bonus of meeting our goals in a timely manner while maximizing resources speaks volumes as to how San Antonio works together as a community."
Scheduled for completion in February 2016, the convention center expansion is the largest capital project in the history of San Antonio. When it's finished, the facility will offer 514,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, 270,000 square feet of new exhibit space, 85,000 square feet of column-free multipurpose space, a ballroom that's more than 54,000 square feet, and 70 meeting spaces, not to mention new outdoor meeting spaces in neighboring Hemisfair Park, which will be expanded to accommodate events adjacent to the River Walk.
"San Antonio's distinct visitor experience combined with a strong meeting infrastructure is what makes us one of the nation's top convention destinations," Matej continued. "This project allows us to provide a top-of-the-line facility that is flexible enough to meet the needs of diverse groups -- all in one of the nation's most desirable cities."
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