The City of St. Louis decided to expand its existing Convention Center to support trade shows, conventions, corporate meetings and large-scale presentations. This 300,000 square foot expansion nearly doubled the size of the existing Convention Center.
ACSI was engaged by the architect to assist the City with the expansion. Specifically, ACSI was asked to assist with the development of exhibit and function spaces so that the augmented Center would support the functions described above.
ACSI studied the economic feasibility of renting various telecommunications, radio, and security services to the Center customers. Based on the result of these and other operational studies, ACSI developed communications, A/V and security system designs for approval by the Owner and Convention Center management. These systems were inextricably bound to the building design and constructed/installed during the expansion construction phases of the project.
Aside from the customary meeting facilities found in modern convention centers, the Owner encouraged both the architect and ACSI to study the feasibility of creating a 2,500-seat plenary auditorium that could be used to support large meetings with large-screen video projection, or film and theatrical performance with live music sources.