McCormick Place Convention Center

McCormick Place Convention Center, Chicago-Illinois - United States, Epstein
Construction year: 2007
Address: 2301 S King Dr | CHICAGO-ILLINOIS | United States | Visit Website
Latitude/Longitude: 41.85123, -87.61703

As the design-team leader, Epstein directed the design and engineering team and ensured that the design intent documents developed by TVS Design was executed accurately in the construction documents produced. Additionally, numerous design and/or engineering concepts were developed during an intense value engineering consultation with the MPEA in which Epstein’s architects and engineers were able to design modifications to TVS’ conceptual intent, resulting in over $300M in savings for the MPEA.

Specifically, the West Expansion is bordered by Martin Luther King Drive to the east, the Stevenson Expressway to the south, Cermak Road to the north and Indiana Avenue to the west. The West Expansion includes approximately 459,000 sq ft of exhibition space, 140,750 sq ft of meeting/banquet space, a 103,750 sq ft ballroom, as well as associated food and support service spaces. The addition required connecting the existing McCormick Place complex with pedestrian and vehicular bridges and modifying an existing parking garage and conference center. The new facility also necessitated designing and elevated service roadway between the existing truck marshaling facility at the South Hall and exhibition center.

This expansion enabled the McCormick Place Convention Center to remain the largest exhibition facility in the United States.

Epstein’s structural systems engineers were compelled to solve many framing, truss & slab issues within the building, as well as long-span, glass and cable structures that connect the new facility to the McCormick Campus and its surrounding neighborhood.

One of the more complicated issues that confronted Epstein’s structural engineers was designing the framing supports for the 103,750 square foot ballroom main ballroom that is suspended from the third-floor level. The framing that supports this ballroom, the largest of its kind in the United States, varies in a span from 30′ to 180′. The framing had to be carefully engineered to mitigate vibrations due to rhythmic loading such as dancing.

Located on the second level of the western expansion, is 16,000 square feet and provides seating for 470 persons. This food court has five separate servery lines offering Asian, Mediterranean, Salad Bar, Gourmet Grill, and Carvery.

This project involved approximately 7,000 linear feet of roadway construction, new traffic signals, a truck dock bridge structure paralleling the Stevenson Expressway and required the vacation of various streets and alleys within the project area.

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