MGM Resorts International Design and Development selected NOVUS Architecture to convert an existing retail space, in Luxor Las Vegas, into convention space. The convention expansion includes (5) 1,600 sf meeting rooms, (1) 300 sf meeting room, (3) 2,700 sf ballrooms, (1) 4,700 sf pre-function room, (2) service / pantry areas, restrooms and a service corridor. The finishes and light fixtures selected for the new convention expansion were also used in refreshing look and finishes of the existing Luxor ballrooms.  One of the major design challenges for the convention expansion was to remove (4) existing structural columns, in order to create an open and unobstructed ballroom space. Another challenge was to eliminate the Egyptian theming in the new design while still fitting-in with the rest of the Egyptian themed casino.  A limited budget drove many of the design discussions. To reduce construction cost, the existing ceiling in the new pre-function area was kept along with many of the existing mechanical units throughout the space. NOVUS worked closely with a cost-estimator to ensure that the proposed design was within the budget.