The Orange County Convention Center is the second-largest facility of its kind in the U.S., encompassing more than 2.1 million square feet of exhibition space. The West Entrance expansion project was conceived as as an enhancement to the existing convention center. The West Entrance is signiﬁcant as the ﬁrst impression for 1.5 million conventioneers who utilize the center each year. The spacious lobby area features new escalators, a grand staircase, ofﬁce space, and new pedestrian walkways. The 40-foot-tall glazed lobby and ofﬁce structure spans 320 feet between massive stair towers and across what was once the facility’s service entrance. Visitors from the parking area and buses are welcomed to the center by a massive “front porch” with radiating metal-clad “V” columns that leads to a spacious lobby and enclosed bridges to the exhibit halls. The project is a 2004 AIA Achievement Award Winner.