San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) October 17, 2012
San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee 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.”
“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 Builders, project management team at Department of Public Works (DPW), San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), the San Francisco 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.”
The Moscone Center’s sustainable renovation and design features and practices include:
Energy Efficiency and Atmosphere
Materials and Resources
Indoor Environmental Quality
Innovation in Operations
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