Construction has commenced on a $500 million expansion and improvement of San Francisco's Moscone Center convention center, the San Francisco Travel Association reported last week.
Scheduled for completion in fall 2018, the LEED Platinum-certified project will add to the convention center more green elements, including San Francisco's largest solar roof; additional open space, including more than 20,000 square feet of outdoor terraces that will be available for receptions and events; and pedestrian-friendly elements, including an enclosed bridge between Moscone North and South for direct access between the two.
Thanks to the addition of over 305,000 square feet of functional area, including new exhibition space, new meeting room and prefunction space, a new column-free ballroom, and new support areas, the revamped convention center will have over 500,0000 square feet of contiguous space, three ballrooms, and more than 80 meeting rooms.
"We have one of the most successful convention centers in the United States, generating 20 percent of the city's tourism dollars, but Moscone Center is operating at capacity and is losing business to competing markets with better space to offer. We are excited to be moving forward with the expansion and improvement of Moscone Center so that we can continue to bring the best and most attractive events to San Francisco," San Francisco Travel Association President and CEO Joe D'Alessandro said in a statement.
Added Mohammed Nuru, director of San Francisco Public Works, "Not only is this project good for the economy -- generating construction jobs and keeping our city competitive in the convention industry -- but the design incorporates smart environmental elements and neighborhood improvements that meet San Francisco's 21st-century expectations."
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