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January 4, 2019

San Francisco Opens Major Moscone Center Expansion

San Francisco has officially completed its $550 million expansion of the Moscone Center. More than 1,000 people attended the grand opening event, including San Francisco Mayor London Breed, City officials, tourism industry leaders and neighborhood stakeholders. 

The construction, which was completed in phases over four years, added 157,000 sq. ft. of usable space. The Moscone Center now offers 504,914 sq. ft. of contiguous space (before expansion, the largest contiguous space was 260,000 sq. ft.) and has a new 49,776 sq. ft. column-free ballroom. 

Other additions include 107,000 sq. ft. of light-filled pre-function lobbies with dramatic views of the city and surrounding Yerba Buena Gardens and 25,000 sq. ft. of secure outdoor terraces with spectacular views; ideal for receptions.

Moscone North and South now offer 82 meeting rooms, bringing the total for all three Moscone Center buildings (North, South and West) to 114 flexible meeting rooms.  The Moscone Center now has a total of 1,139,775 sq. ft. of usable space in Moscone South, North and West combined, including lobbies, terraces, exposition and meeting space.

San Francisco requires that budgets for new public buildings and civic improvements set aside 2 percent of gross construction costs for the procurement and installation of public art in their spaces. At the Moscone Center, this has resulted in four new art installations. This includes “PointCloud,” the latest light installation by Leo Villareal, designer of “The Bay Lights” on the Bay Bridge, which has been incorporated into the new East Bridge, which connects Moscone North and South.

Other artworks chosen for the Moscone Center expansion include:

- “Double Horizon,” a series of sculptures designed by Sarah Sze 
- “Geneses,” a sculpture by Christine Corday
- “Roll,” a large-scale mural by Brendan Monroe 

The expansion also includes relocation of the San Francisco Visitor Information Center staffed by San Francisco Travel, which will open to attendees and all visitors on the street level of Moscone South on January 10, 2019.  It was previously located on the lower level of Hallidie Plaza, near the Powell St. BART/Muni station. San Francisco Travel also operates a Visitor Information Center at Macy's Union Square and is a partner at the California Welcome Center at PIER 39.

Designed to achieve LEED Platinum status, the Moscone Center expansion has a number of sustainable features:

- Lowest carbon emissions per delegate of any major convention center in North America.
- Largest solar panel array in San Francisco.
- One of the largest publicly-owned solar power systems in the nation.  
- Solar energy will provide the center with approximately 20 percent of its power.
- 15 million gallons of water recovered annually for reuse in landscaping and street cleaning.
- Facility-wide recycling and composting.

The Moscone Center expansion is a partnership between the City and County of San Francisco and the San Francisco Tourism Improvement District Management Corporation. The architects are Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) in association with Mark Cavagnero Associates. The construction contractor is Webcor Builders. Project management and construction management are by San Francisco Public Works and the San Francisco Tourism Improvement District Management Corporation (SFTIDMC).

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