The American Thoracic Society will be the first group to use the newly renovated Moscone Center in San Francisco for its international conference in May. The center’s North and South buildings have been revitalized and upgraded and now better reflect the city. “In its previous state, Moscone Center gave meeting attendees very little sense that they were in San Francisco,” says Dan Kelleher, chairman of the San Francisco Tourism Improvement District. “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.”
One goal for the renovation was to make the lobbies, meeting rooms, exhibit halls, ballrooms, and restrooms more eco-friendly. After two years and $56 million, the city accomplished its goal. Designed to meet LEED Gold building standards, the center optimizes energy performance to exceed 20 percent of the former building’s usage. At least half of the center’s roof is covered by either solar panels or green scapes, and new waste management policies and sustainable guidelines are in place. A new central wireless system allows high-speed service by as many as 60,000 devices at once.