McCormick Place South Building Expansion Project
The McCormick Place South Building Expansion Project encompassed a new exhibition facility, grand concourse/galleria connecting galleria, and on-site infrastructure. The construction of the new South Building added 840,000 square feet of exhibition space; 45 meeting rooms; the 22,000 square foot Vista Room; and a 33,000 square-foot Grand Ballroom.
The spectacular Grand Concourse pedestrian walkway, which measures 100-foot high and 900-foot long, affords a spacious arrival lobby and contains visitor amenities such as a business center, cafes and specialty shops. This concourse connects the South Building to the adjacent North Building and original East Exhibition Building, which enables both buildings to be used as one for a combined exhibition space of 1.3 million square feet, all on one level.
With the completion of this expansion, McCormick Place was twice as large as its nearest competitor, offering a total of 3 million square feet of exhibition space, and boasting the title of the largest tradeshow and convention facility in the nation.
d’Escoto, Inc.’s Role
d’Escoto, Inc. was a member of the design team for this expansion project, providing architectural services including the preparation of construction documents, construction monitoring and reporting, punch lists and project close-out. d’Escoto, Inc. was also responsible for document control, which entailed processing shop drawings, filing of existing data and contract documents.
The McCormick Place South Building Expansion Project won the AIA 2001 Honor Award for excellence in interior design.
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Hotel
The new Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Hotel adds 800 rooms, a 600-car parking structure, a 12,000 square foot ballroom and a 10,000 square foot restaurant to the McCormick Exhibition Complex. The hotel, located on the west side of the complex, is connected to the $675 million galleria and exhibition facility for centralization of services for McCormick visitors. The new 30-story hotel replaces the previous McCormick Inn and has become an elegant member of Chicago’s lake front skyline.
d’Escoto, Inc.’s Role
d’Escoto, Inc. participated as a local member and representative for the design team on the hotel complex. Our firm provided architectural services, including elements of design and preparation of construction documents.
McCormick Place West Expansion
Constructed using the Design/Build approach the McCormick West Building is in excess of 470,000 square feet of exhibition space and 250,000 square feet of meeting space made up from 61 meetings rooms and a 100,000 square foot ballroom. There is also a 200 seat fine dining restaurant, 400 seat food courts, and a 600 seat café connected to the exhibition floor. Additional unique features of the West Building include a rooftop garden with space for up to 800 people for receptions or 300 for a sit-down events and a Transportation Center designed to allow for simultaneous loading and unloading of up to 16 buses.
d’Escoto, Inc.’s Role
d’Escoto, Inc. was a subconsultant to the Owner’s Construction Consultant (OCC) team for the project, providing program oversight services for all phases of the project including: design reviews, construction monitoring and reporting, and project close-out. Our responsibilities included: scope and budget validation; analysis of value engineering proposals; cost control; schedule development and control; change order management; quality control testing and inspections; routine site inspections for analysis and reporting of project progress; punchlist; review of warranties and as-built drawings; and confirming quantities and tracking delivery of attic stock.
The sheer size of a project that takes up almost 4 city blocks presented a challenge in and of itself. With over 1,000 workers per day on the project when it was at its highest point required a considerable amount of oversight. There is also a considerable amount of staff at the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority. In addition to the Development Department with whom we dealt directly with, there are facilities managers, union tradesmen, event coordinators, and security personnel. d’Escoto, Inc. had to interface with all of these groups, in addition to the contractors, since construction of the West Building affected the other existing buildings and would have impacts on any shows taking place. A great deal of coordination was needed for this project to run smoothly and finish on time.