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City in Motion: What’s New in San Francisco in 2014

Innovation, inspiration, ideas. There’s never a shortage of this in San Francisco. And year in and year out, there’s always something on the horizon that will transform the city.

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Innovation, inspiration, ideas. There’s never a shortage of this in San Francisco. And year in and year out, there’s always something on the horizon that will transform the city.

Moscone Center Expansion Underway

San Francisco is making a $500-million-plus investment in the expansion of Moscone Center. The expansion will create more than 500,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, essential for attracting larger conventions. Construction is expected to begin in December 2014 with completion slated for fall 2018. The expansion is funded by a partnership with the San Francisco Tourism Improvement District Management Corporation (SFTIDMC) through the Moscone Expansion District (MED) and the City and County of San Francisco. The Department of Public Works is leading the project management. Architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP with Mark Cavagnero Associates were selected by the SFTIDMC as the architects for the project and Webcor Builders as the general contractor. In May 2012, Moscone Center completed a two-year, $56 million renovation of the North and South buildings. The buildings have been transformed with San Francisco-themed graphics and color schemes; new carpet, paint, lighting and ceilings; restroom renovations; upgraded lobbies and kitchens; and significant infrastructure projects, including major upgrades to HVAC systems, elevators and escalators.

Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge

Completed in 1936, the Bay Bridge earned the honor of being declared the seventh wonder of the world in 1955 by the American Society of Civil Engineers. In 2013 a major seismic retrofit, the most ambitious public works project in California history, was completed at an estimated cost of $6.416 billion. The new east span features the world’s largest self-anchored suspension bridge, which will also be the first bridge of its kind constructed with a single tower. In honor of the bridge’s 75th anniversary and to celebrate the completion of the retrofit, the western span of the bridge became the pedestal for a fine art piece. Featuring more than 25,000 LED lights, The Bay Lights by artist Leo Villareal debuted in March 2013 and will remain for at least two years. For more information, visit www.thebaylights.org.

Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara Nears Completion; Home of Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7, 2016

On May 21, 2013 NFL owners announced that Super Bowl 50 will be held in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2016 in partnership with the San Francisco 49ers and Super Bowl Bid Committee at the new Levi’s Stadium, which opens in Santa Clara for the 49ers’ 2014 football season. HNTB, an internationally renowned architecture firm, and Turner Construction are designing and building the new stadium. The $1.2 billion, 68,500-seat facility will feature open pedestrian plazas, commercial community space, a 49ers team store and Hall of Fame. The stadium is functionally designed to create a building that can be used for a wide range of events, including professional and college football, soccer, motocross, concerts and civic events. www.levisstadium.com

New James R. Herman Cruise Terminal Opens at Pier 27

Innovation, the environment and economic development will come together at Pier 27 as the Port of San Francisco renovates this 10-acre pier into a cruise terminal and two-acre public plaza. The Port will convert Pier 27 into a two-story cruise terminal and community facility that will meet the evolved security and passenger demands of the industry. It will also be configured to allow recreational and special event uses when not occupied for maritime uses, such as cruise ships, Fleet Week and diplomatic naval ship calls. Sustainable construction features of the terminal will include reuse of the existing pier and shed, building to LEED practices, and aiming for a carbon-neutral terminal. The terminal was used for America’s Cup events in the fall of 2013 and is expected to be completed in September 2014. www.sfport.com