by Sarah J.F. Braley | February 06, 2018
The Henry B. González Convention Center in San Antonio has received LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for implementing practical and measurable sustainability strategies in innovative design, sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
"From the beginning of this project, our goal has been to ensure that the transformation of the Henry B. González Convention Center was more than just adding square footage," said Michael Sawaya, executive director of convention and sports facilities for San Antonio. "From having the largest ballroom in Texas to achieving LEED Silver certification, this monumental project has been on the leading edge of innovation in our industry."
 
The convention center expansion, which opened in January 2016, added 800,000 square feet of new construction; also as part of the project more than 78,000 square feet of the existing building was renovated. New were 260,000 square feet of exhibition space and a 54,000-square-foot ballroom. 
 
"San Antonio is proud to be a catalyst for positive change in the way our buildings are constructed and operated," said Douglas Melnick, chief sustainability officer for the city. "San Antonio is truly moving onward and upward, accelerating change and embracing the implementation of the SA Tomorrow Sustainability Plan."