This hallmark project was designed to improve the exhibit space of McCormick Place and to attract and accommodate trade and consumer show users.The foremost goal of the exhibition hall was to provide a major new exhibit space that maintains the high standard that has given McCormick Place its premier position in the trade show industry. The Mc3D Team was chosen to create a design that would provide the necessary facilities for accomplishing the Metropolitan Pier and Exhibition Authority's goals. As a member of the Mc3D Team, Epstein served as Architect and Engineer of Record and as the Mc3D's design/engineering leader. Epstein and the Mc3D team succeeded in developing a state-of-the-art exhibition hall and Grand Concourse that is functional, exciting and inviting.
The design scheme created a space that provides Chicago with the largest contiguously functioning exhibit venue in the country.The new South Hall (840,000 square feet) and Grand Concourse (53,873 square feet), combined with new space in the North Hall (40,000 square feet), adding to the McCormick Place complex a total of 960,000 square feet of new exhibit area all on one level.
Award of Merit
1997, Structural Engineers Association of Illinois
Interior Design Excellence
1997, AIA (Chicago Chapter)
1997, American Institute of Architects (Georgia Chapter)
Merit Award for Chicago New Construction
1997, Chicago Building Congress
1999, FIABCI International
20th Annual Interiors Award, Best Public Space
2000, Interiors Magazine
2001, AIA (National Chapter)