Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim first became a meetings and conventions destination in 1967. Today, after 3 major expansion projects plus several cosmetic renovations, the Anaheim Convention Center consists of 815,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space, making it the largest exhibit facility on the West Coast and sixth largest facility in United States. Competing with Los Angeles, San Diego and Long Beach, the Anaheim Convention Center offers not only a great venue, but also is closely located to the Anaheim Pond, Edison Field and Disneyland. For their third expansion, the City of Anaheim asked Syska Hennessy Group and HOK to lead the design team of this 750,000 sq. ft. expansion.
The first phase of the expansion consisted of the existing facility being consolidated into a more efficient and attractive facility. The consolidation included life safety upgrades to the existing exhibit halls, and the addition of exhibit space, a 38,000 sq. ft. ballroom, lobby, pre-function space and a kitchen. To retain the current client base, the convention center remained fully operational during construction. At that time, construction was phased to ensure availability of meeting space.
The central utilities underwent similar additions during the expansion in which four separate chiller plants now serve the convention center. To accommodate current growth, lower operating costs and facilitate maintenance, a central utilities plan was also developed. A new chiller plant and distributed piping to the facility has been designed to work concurrently with the existing chiller plants. The new plant is designed to expand so it will take over the capacity of the existing plants as they are taken off-line at the end of their useful life. Upgraded systems include chillers, building automations systems, exhibitor utilities, the telephone system and fire alarm system.