Moscone Center, watch your back. There's a new game in town and it makes you look like an overblown bastard. San Francisco's old Federal Reserve building has seen a $46.8 million renovation, and major re-branding effort; now known as Bentley Reserve, the Beaux-Arts building has become an intimate, high-tech, and environmentally-friendly alternative to SoMa's dreadnought of a conference center. And for added romance, the new building's conference rooms are named after sunken ships. Wouldn't you rather meet in Cordova Boardroom than in Room 101 East? New commercial space occupies the upper floors of the old Reserve, but the new owners, Bentley Holdings, require tenants to meet at least a LEED silver requirements. Does this herald the end of the megablock conference centers in cities across America? Well, probably not. But it is a nice teched-out, yet traditional option for "progressive" companies.
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