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Moscone Center Grabs LEED Gold in San Francisco

Oct 31, 2012


The Moscone Center in San Francisco had achieved LEED Gold certification following a $56 million renovation. “After an extensive study on building systems, more than 250 corrective actions were employed,” says John Noguchi, director of Convention Facilities. “LEED Gold certification was our goal from the very beginning of the project.”

Among the sustainable initiatives:
  • The installation of low-flow plumbing fixtures, expected reduce indoor water usage by more than 40 percent
  • Access to San Francisco’s Hetch Hetchy Reservoir tap water with water bottle refilling stations, which also reduces waste from plastic bottles
  • A 60,000-square-foot solar array comprising 5,400 photovoltaic modules on the rooftop of Moscone South, which generates 5 percent of the total building energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by an amount equivalent to annually planting 62 acres of trees
  • Intelligent wireless lighting controls technology in lobbies able to sense occupants and daylighting levels and adjust accordingly
  • Energy efficiency 33 percent above the national average for comparable facilities
  • Elimination of CFC-based refrigerants
  • Purchase of renewable energy certificates and carbon offsets equal to 50 percent of the building’s annual energy consumption
  • Diversion of 150 tons of construction and demolition debris with an overall diversion rate of 76 percent attained
  • Carpet, ceiling, and restroom tile all made from recycled content materials
  • 100 percent of furniture purchased during the renovation meets sustainable purchasing criteria
  • Improved green cleaning program documented that 94 percent of LEED-compliant cleaning products and chemicals purchased meet green cleaning criteria by dollars spent
  • Low-VOC paints and sealants

The project management team comprised project managers Jones Lang LaSalle, architects HOK, general contractor Webcor Builders, project management team at Department of Public Works, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the San Francisco Department of Environment, convention center management SMG, and the San Francisco Tourism Improvement District.






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