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by Michael C. Lowe | June 27, 2012

 The Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco will undergo a 25-year expansion, with the completion of the first phase expected by early 2018. "The recent renovations at Moscone North and South are exciting, but they don't address San Francisco's need for more convention and meeting space to remain competitive with cities around the world," said San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee, citing the center's recently completed $56 million renovation of its interior, which included a $4.5 million wireless Internet system. The expansion will be funded by a public-private partnership between the San Francisco Tourism Improvement District and the city. Architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP with Mark Cavagnero Associates will be in charge of creating a master plan, which will be submitted later this year. "With more than 10 groups breaking attendance records at Moscone this year alone, the demand for additional space is clear," said San Francisco convention facilities director John Noguchi. "An expanded facility will provide us with the type of venue that will help convention business continue to thrive here in San Francisco."