On Friday, August 24th, SOM Design Director Mark Schwettmann led an American Institute of Architects San Francisco (AIA San Francisco) tour of the Moscone Convention Center Expansion and Improvement project. Set within the footprint of the existing site, the improved Moscone Center reinvents the relationship between the convention center and the city.
Designed by SOM in association with Mark Cavagnero Associates, the project is anticipated to be complete in 2018. A distinctive composition of transparent and translucent materials reveals the public spaces within the building while drawing natural light inside. The design of the project, which includes the creation of new pedestrian friendly spaces to replace surface parking and routes that previously prioritized vehicles, helps activate the street and the surrounding public realm.
On the tour, Schwettmann led the group in a discussion of various parts of the project, including the public outdoor spaces, the light-filled atrium, the second floor with floor-to-ceiling detailed glass windows, and outdoor terraces. Schwettmann also shared insight on the facility's suspended eastern and western bridges and the convention center's facade.
Once complete, the improved Moscone Center will save more than five million gallons of water annually and will generate clean energy with the largest rooftop solar installation in San Francisco. With sustainability integral to the design, the center will seek LEED® Platinum certification.