ABOUT THE PROJECT
Continuing a relationship that spans over two decades, tvsdesign principals Tom Ventulett and Jay Thomson were asked to develop conceptual plans for the expansion and renovation of McCormick Place, the nation’s largest convention center, and its neighboring hotel, the Hyatt Regency. tvsdesign’s award-winning McCormick Place South expansion subsequently won the firm the opportunity for the West expansion. As demand grew for the convention center, so did demand for hotel space. In response, tvsdesign contributed plans for building a new Hyatt Regency tower and completed the interior work as well.
THE EXPANSIONS FOLLOW THE CONVENTION CENTER DESIGN THEMES OF BOLD COMPOSITIONAL MOVES AND LIVELY INTERIOR SPACES
DESIGN GOALS, STRATEGY & RESULTS
Both the South and West Expansions follow the convention center design themes of bold compositional moves and lively interior spaces. The highlight of the West expansion is a 100,000 sf ballroom, seating 11,500 people and featuring five sections which can be configured 15 different ways. A unique rooftop garden and prefunction space offers spectacular views of downtown Chicago.
A new enclosed walkway over Martin Luther King Boulevard connects the new building to the existing center and completes the boundaries of McCormick Square. A transportation center is located in the heart of the building, allowing for the loading/unloading of up to 16 buses simultaneously. In addition, over 30 pieces of art by Illinois artists are displayed.