by Sarah J.F. Braley | September 01, 2015
Local Update

 The $325 million expansion of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center was topped off last December, three months early. Construction will finish up next January, at which time the facility will offer 514,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, 270,000 square feet of new exhibit space, 85,000 square feet of column-free multipurpose space, a 54,000-square-foot ballroom, 70 meeting rooms, and a wraparound balcony with views of downtown and the River Walk.

 The 1,002-room JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa will begin a $16 million expansion in September, adding a new 13,000-square-foot ballroom pavilion and putting in a new pool, a spa, cabanas, two more water slides and an artificial-turf event lawn at its River Bluff Water Experience. The project should be completed by spring 2016. The stand-alone ballroom will bring total event space at the property to 278,000 square feet. Also on-site are two TPC golf courses, the Lantana Spa and seven restaurants.

 The 498-room La Cantera Hill Country Resort & Spa, a Destination Hotel, reopened in May following upgrades to the lobby and entrance, the pool area and an outdoor event space, plus the addition of two restaurants, SweetFire and Primero. Further work will add a new junior ballroom and four new breakout rooms, for a total of 56,000  square feet of meeting space, which should be ready in the fall. A Destination Spa and a signature restaurant are set to open in February 2016. Counting the outdoor areas, the property has 115,000 square feet of event space.