Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Renovation & Expansion

Glass LEDs spark a starry night.

Serving the immediate needs of the exhibition community, the San Antonio Convention Center renovation and expansion was geared towards modernizing the outdated convention center, delivering larger exhibition space, improving convention amenities, and providing a show-stopping ballroom.

HLB was challenged to communicate the design concept of Land, Air and Sky through lighting, which was intended to be an ever-present part of this exquisite space. This challenge was further complicated by the need to coordinate its implementation among all design disciplines and construction trades on this design-build project.

Sparkling like the Texas sky, the Stars at Night Ballroom becomes the largest ballroom in the state of Texas and the crown jewel of San Antonio. In order to deliver the “Stars at Night” concept, HLB created a custom LED fixture that mounts to an undulating architectural ceiling, and worked closely with other project team members to ensure it was executed correctly. In addition to creating the “twinkling sky” effect, the lighting fixtures were zoned in a randomized pattern in order to create a show of subtle on/off motion similar to that of a starry night sky.

Project Highlights

• 1,642 Custom half-sphere glass fixture developed for unique undulating ceiling in the ballroom
• Team used quad chip color changing technology across project to deliver widest array of color pallet including pastel


• Populous
• Marmon Mok Architecture


Project Background

• 800,000 square feet
• $304 million

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