The Moscone Center consists of more than two million square feet of building area, including over 700,000 square of exhibit space, up to 106 meeting rooms, and nearly 123,000 square feet of prefunction lobbies. Moscone West covers the better portion of one city block and rises to three levels, 110 feet, above street level. Moscone West is a freestanding building.
The Moscone Center has six primary exhibit halls. Halls A, B, and C are in Moscone South with a total of 260,560 square feet. Halls D and E are in Moscone North with a total of 181,400 square feet. Moscone West offers 99,916 square feet of dedicated exhibit space on Level 1, with an additional 199,432 square feet of flexible swing space on Levels 2 and 3. When combined into a single exhibit space, the facility offers a total of 260,560 square feet.
Jun 29, 2016
Moscone Center Named 2016 Recipient of CRRA’s Award for Outstanding Practices in Venue and Event Resource Recovery
San Francisco, CA (June 29, 2016) California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA), one of the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit recycling organizations, has named San Francisco’s Moscone Center as the 2016 recipient of their annual award for Outstanding Practices in Venue/Event Resource Recovery Award.
“We are very proud to accept this award,” said Bob Sauter, Acting General Manager, “and we are committed to our sustainability programs here at Moscone Center.”
The award will be presented to the Moscone Center at an Awards Ceremony at the CRRA Annual Conference and Tradeshow on Tuesday, August 9 starting at 5:45pm in the California Ballroom at the Doubletree Hotel in Sacramento, Calif.
The annual award goes to a large event or venue located in California which serves over 2,000 people per day, which has demonstrated excellence in implementing waste reduction, recycling and organics programs, innovative source reduction programs, recovering over 90% of event discards, and other programs that demonstrate best practices in event or venue resource management.
Moscone Center is San Francisco’s premier convention facility. In FY 2014-15, Moscone Center held 129 events, hosted 1.1 million registered attendees and exhibitors. For over a decade the facility has pioneered large venue sustainability programs. In 2012, Moscone Center attained APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Event Standards Level 1 as a Sustainable Venue for Environmentally Sustainable Meetings, Events, Trade Shows, and Conferences. In 2012, Moscone North and South attained LEED Gold EB: O+M certification.
California’s policy goal is to achieve 75% diversion by the year 2020; San Francisco’s goal is to attain zero waste that same year. At the close of the FY2014-15, Moscone Center had diverted 2.4 million pounds of materials through donation, recycling and composting. Also for FY2014-15, the facility attained a diversion rate of 56 percent. Facility caterer, SAVOR San Francisco, donated over 117,000 pounds of food product to those in need, equivalent to more than 90,000 meals. Weekly donations continue to be picked up from SAVOR kitchens by SF City IMPACT and other local nonprofits locally feeding those in need.
San Francisco’s Climate Action Plan calls for 50 percent of all trips to be made outside of personal vehicles. Approximately 70 percent of SMG’s employees, at the Moscone Center, regularly commute using alternative transportation. Moscone Center incentivized the utilization of public transit by offering a commuter check program which has helped employees to save money on transit expenses.
Capital expansion is already underway for Moscone North and South. Slated for completion in 2018, the $500 million expansion will add more than 170,000 gross square feet of flexible meeting space. Minutes away from 22,000 of the city’s 33,000-plus hotel rooms, world-class shopping and dining, Moscone Center will remain fully operational during the expansion.
CRRA is California’s state-wide recycling association. It is the oldest and one of the largest non-profit recycling organizations in the United States. A 501(c)(3) organization, CRRA is dedicated to achieving environmental sustainability in and beyond California through Zero Waste strategies including product stewardship, waste prevention, reuse, recycling and composting. CRRA advances local, regional and state-wide waste reduction efforts which result in critical environmental and climate protection outcomes. CRRA members represent all aspects of California’s reduce-reuse-recycle-compost economy. Members work for cities and counties, as well as hauling companies, material processors, non-profit organizations, state agencies, and in allied professions. For more information, visit www.crra.com or contact John H. Dane, Executive Director, email@example.com.
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Oct 15, 2012
Mayor Lee Announces Moscone Center achieves LEED Gold
San Francisco, CA (October 15, 2012) Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced Moscone Center has received LEED Gold certification, the first convention center on the West Coast to attain the green building honor. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
“Moscone Center is a vital hub for our convention and tourism economy, and we are very proud to have the first convention center on the West Coast to earn LEED Gold for an existing building,” said Mayor Lee. “This is now our City’s largest municipally-owned green building. Receiving LEED Gold on the Moscone Center demonstrates once again that San Francisco is at the center of sustainability and innovation.”
In June, Mayor Lee announced the development of a 25-year Master Plan for the expansion of Moscone Convention Center. The City is working with consulting architects Skidmore Owings and Merrill and Mark Cavagnero to complete an ambitious Master Plan that will guide the development of Moscone Center to improve one of the most heavily utilized convention centers in the United States. The Master Plan contemplates the phased financing and construction of up to 1.5 million gross square footage of convention space.
Mayor Lee also introduced preliminary legislation to establish the Moscone Expansion District, increasing hotel room taxes to help pay for the Moscone Convention Center’s expansion, which will add more than 200,000 square feet of underground and aboveground convention and meeting space. The proposed approximately $500 million expansion will create about 3,420 new jobs and generate $700 million in revenue for the first seven years, and projects hotel occupancy will increase to an average of 87.6 percent. The legislation will be heard at the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee on October 17th and will require final Board approval on October 26th.
“We are proud to offer our customers the advanced level of sustainability that makes San Francisco stand out as a leading destination,” said San Francisco Travel Association President and CEO Joe D’Alessandro. “We know that meeting planners and attendees care about reducing the environmental impact of their events. The LEED Gold certification shows our commitment to the environment and the future.”
The Moscone Center achieved LEED Gold for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
The renovation team including project managers Jones Lang LaSalle, architects HOK, general contractor Webcor, project management team at Department of Public Works (DPW), San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), Department of Environment, convention center management SMG and the San Francisco Tourism Improvement District.
“The certification comes as a result of a $56 million renovation recently completed at the convention center. After an extensive study on building systems, over 250 corrective actions were employed,” said Director of Convention Facilities John Noguchi. “LEED Gold certification was our goal from the very beginning of the project.”
“Buildings are a prime example of how human systems integrate with natural systems,” said USGBC President, CEO and Founding Chair Rick Fedrizzi. “The Moscone Center project efficiently uses our natural resources and makes an immediate, positive impact on our planet, which will tremendously benefit generations to come.”
Moscone Center’s sustainable renovation and design features and practices include:
Energy Efficiency and Atmosphere
Materials and Resources
• Renovations diverted 150 tons of construction and demolition debris with an overall diversion rate of 76 percent attained.
• Carpet, ceiling and restroom tile are all made from recycled content materials.
• One hundred percent of furniture purchased during the renovation meets sustainable purchasing criteria.
Indoor Environmental Quality
Innovation in Operations
Moscone Center's exemplary education materials are made available to meeting planners of upcoming conventions. Information is available online at Moscone Center’s website: http://www.moscone.com/mtgplanners/green_meetings.html
Mar 30, 2012
The “new” Moscone Center emerging in San Francisco
San Francisco, CA (March 3, 2012) Two-year, $56 million renovation nearing completion.
As San Francisco’s Moscone Center enters the final phase of its renovation, a “new” convention center is emerging in the North and South buildings.
“Our very first step was to ask our customers what changes they’d like to see. The point of this whole project was to meet their needs and exceed their expectations,” said Joe D’Alessandro, president and CEO of the San Francisco Travel Association (SF Travel). “Those suggestions were our guideposts every step of the way.”
SF Travel, the City and County of San Francisco, and the San Francisco Tourism Improvement District (SFTID) are spending a total of $56 million and two years on re-creating the two buildings, with a combined 1.2 million square feet of function space.
The American Thoracic Society will be the first group to enjoy the “new” Moscone when they hold their 2012 International Conference there on May 18-23.
One of the key changes to Moscone Center will bring San Francisco “inside” the buildings through branding, graphics and colors.
“In its previous state, Moscone Center gave meeting attendees very little sense that they were in San Francisco,” said Dan Kelleher, chairman of the SFTID. “A major part of this renovation is incorporating recognizable colors like the Golden Gate Bridge’s ‘international orange’ and integrating the city’s iconic images into the buildings’ public spaces and meeting rooms.”
Showcasing Moscone Center’s prominent location in the heart of one of the world’s most iconic cities, these design elements create way-finding landmarks within the center and provide visual cues to visitors’ location within the city itself.
A $4.5 million wireless system has been installed, providing high speed service to as many as 60,000 devices at one time. Building users can use their smart phones, tablets, laptops and other devices simultaneously with peak performance. Wifi service can also be turned off in each room individually to ensure undivided attention to the programs held inside.
Meeting planners and groups will appreciate other upgrades such as new carpet, paint, lighting and ceilings; renovations to restrooms (including bag hooks in both men’s and women’s restrooms); upgraded lobbies and kitchens; and significant infrastructure projects including major upgrades to HVAC systems, elevators and escalators, digital signage, and telecom/data cabling systems.
New visitor information kiosks are being installed in all three buildings of Moscone Center – North, South and West. These kiosks will be staffed by SF Travel’s Visitor Information Center during conventions and will have touch screen guides and brochures available at all times.
The Moscone Center upgrades for the lobbies, meeting rooms, exhibit halls, ballrooms and public restrooms are influenced by a new environmentally responsible vision established by the project stakeholders.
“This center is designed to meet LEED Gold green building standards which will provide long-term benefits for patrons and residents of San Francisco.” John Noguchi, director of convention facilities for the City of San Francisco. “This is a natural extension of the Mayor’s vision of San Francisco as the most environmentally innovative city in the country.”
The “new” Moscone Center will optimize energy performance to exceed 20% of the former building usage, greatly reduce water consumption and incorporate a new Building Automation System for Chiller, HVAC, electrical and lighting controls. At least 50% of Moscone Center’s existing roof is covered by either PV panels or green scape and park area. The center has recently adopted new solid waste management, green cleaning and indoor integrated pest management policies, and sustainable purchasing policies and guidelines including green purchasing, organic or locally produced food and beverage from within 100 miles of the center, green vendor agreements, and Green Conference Attendee and Exhibitor Guidelines.