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p o r t f o l i o :

s e r v i c e

B u i l d i n g s

McAllen Convention Center p r o j e c t  McAllen c l i e n t  City

The design of the McAllen Convention Center integrates

Convention Center, McAllen

state-of-the-art technology with traditional architectural

of McAllen

a r c h i t e c t   Gignac

Architects (architect of record); Thompson,

forms. Building materials including stone, brick, and clay

Ventulett, Stainback & Associates (design architect)

tile reflect the cultural history of the Rio Grande Valley.

d e s i g n t e a m  Mike

Ezell, AIA; Raymond Gignac, AIA; Jack Plaxco,

The 170,000-square-foot Convention Center includes a

AIA; Rob Svedberg, AIA; Jeff Wierenga, AIA; Paul Rybalka, AIA;

60,000-square-foot exhibit hall, a 10,000-square-foot

Rolando Garza, AIA

ballroom, referred to as the Monarch Room, and 15,000

c o n t r a c t o r  SpawGlass

c o n s u l t a n t s  Halff Associates(civil); SWA Group Landscape Archi-

Stainback & Associates, in association with Gignac

tects (landscape); Walter P. Moore (structural); CHPA (MEP); BAi,

Architects, the 175-acre convention center campus also

LLC (acoustics/AV); William Caruso & Associates (food service); TVS

includes a future 300-room headquarters hotel, a future

Interiors (interior design); FMG Design (graphics/signage)

2,500-seat performing arts center, a veterans’ memorial,




sf of meeting rooms. Designed by Thompson, Ventulett,


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over 600,000 square feet of retail space, and an oval

Brian Gassel, TVS




park located at the center of the campus. The McAllen r e s o u r c e s unit pavers : and hardware :

Pacific Clay Products, Inc.;

fences , gates

Ametco Manufacturing; site , street, and mall furnish-

the Public Realm by the Texas chapter of the American


Society of Landscape Architects. The landscape archi-

Manufacturing; cast stone : Advanced Cast Stone; unit masonry wall

tect for the project, SWA Group, designed all exterior

ings :

Landscape Forms;

precast architectural concrete :

assemblies : Valley Builders Supply, Inc.; glue- laminated timber : Struc-

pedestrian pavements, special vehicular pavements,

tural Wood Systems; architectural woodwork : South Texas Woodmill

the palm courtyard, water features, outdoor lighting,

Inc.; waterproofing : DuPont Tyvek; building insulation : Owens Corning;

grading, and planting. SWA Group also incorporated

roof tiles : Gladding McBean (Sechrist-Hall Co., Inc.); wood and plastic

stormwater detention to respond to stormwater manage-

doors and frames :

ment criteria and bioswales to aid in filtering run-off from

The Maiman Co. (Link & Assoc.); specialty doors :

Cornell (Harlingen Door Co., Inc.); entrances : Kawneer; unit skylights : Naturalite Skylight Systems;

glass :


glazed curtainwall :

Kawneer; tile : Daltile; acoustical wall treatments : Tectum, Inc.; paints : Sherwin-Williams; carpet : Axminster (Ulster Carpets); signage : Esbee Sign Systems; operable partitions : Moderco


Convention Center received a Merit Award for Design in

t e x a s

a r c h i t e c t

the large parking areas. megan braley



site plan 1 Convention Center 2 Main entry drop-off 3 clock tower 4 ballroom drop-off 5 oval park with fountain 6 arcade 7 future performing arts center 8 Future hotel

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