2003 - 2007 / Chicago, IL

McCormick Place Convention Center West Expansion


Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority 2003 - 2007 / Chicago, IL


Civil Engineering
MEPFP Engineering
Structural Engineering


Convention Centers



The West expansion of Chicago's McCormick Place Convention Center featured Epstein leading a 25-member design team that ultimately helped deliver this 2.5m sq ft, $882m facility on-time and on-budget.


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 consolation 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 marshalling facility at the South Hall and exhibition center.

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

Epstein's efforts, commitment and dedication were essential in providing the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority with a first class, state-of-the-art convention center.

NONDA HARRIS Senior Director of Development, Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority


Merit Award - Public Works
2007, Midwest Construction

Silver Award - Industrial/Commercial
2008, Illinois Indiana Masonry Council, Excellence in Masonry Design

Honor Award - Structural Systems
2008, American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois


Michael Damore, AIA
Executive Managing Director

Thomas E. Smiles, PE
Senior Vice President, Director of Engineering