Nestled in the Biotech Bay region, the South San Francisco Conference Centre boasts a great location, green credentials and the best business technology. You’ll find everything necessary for a successful meeting or conference, and incomparable local knowledge from the centre’s staff. For the third year in a row it is Business Destinations’ Best Meetings and Conference Centre, North America.
A little north of San Francisco International Airport and 15 minutes from both downtown San Francisco and Silicon Valley, the South San Francisco Conference Centre is perfectly placed for business. Guests are also treated to complimentary parking and a free shuttle service to and from the South San Francisco Bart station and CalTrain station on weekdays.
The South San Francisco Conference Centre offers highly competitive rates for top-quality service in a venue designed exclusively to host meetings and events
The 3,000 guest rooms at the motels and hotels surrounding the centre are perfect for those coming from beyond California, and staff are happy to help coordinate group bookings. Attentive event coordinators also assist with crucial conference details – from set-ups and technical services to customised requests. The South San Francisco Conference Centre offers highly competitive rates for top-quality service in a venue designed exclusively to host meetings and events.
With Napa Valley, Monterey and other northern Californian attractions within driving distance and the centre of San Francisco 15 minutes away, visitors have plenty to do in their downtime. The city is famed for its inclusivity, diversity and culture. World-class shopping, sports, arts, theatres, botanical gardens, multicultural neighbourhoods, as well as the amazing dining scene of San Francisco, complete the experience.
San Francisco’s culinary offerings are wide-ranging and impressive. With a keen awareness of the reputation that precedes it, the South San Francisco Conference Centre pays special attention to its own catering options. All foods are prepared on site, allowing the venue to present guests with the freshest, highest quality, organic food. Conference planners choose from many menus for every meal, including break services and hors d’oeuvres for more casual occasions.
In November 2011, the South San Francisco Convention Centre became the first business in the region to earn the Bay Area Green Business Certification. The conference centre has always incorporated sound environmental practice. Previously a warehouse, then a photo-processing lab, the building had become an empty eyesore at one of the major entryways to San Francisco. This building was repurposed as a gleaming conference facility and opened to its first clients in 1993.
The South San Francisco Conference Centre has continued its commitment to being environmentally friendly. Such dedication has steadily gained in popularity among meeting planners, allowing the venue to pursue its goals with the support of clients. The 2011 certification is a qualified way to let everyone know exactly what has been done to earn its environmental credentials.
South San Francisco Conference Centre provides an extraordinary diversity of space, filled with essential technologies for a successful meeting or conference. An impressive 20,500sq ft of flexible meeting space is available, including a dramatic, glass-encased atrium lobby, providing a beautiful pre-function space flooded with light. A further 3,600sq ft of pre-function space wraps around the ballroom. The Grand Ballroom can be divided into as many as 10 meeting rooms, while the Baden Room can be halved or expanded with the addition of the Oyster Point Room.
All meeting rooms are sound-insulated with no visual obstructions. Meeting and event planners can take advantage of a private event office. Vehicles can even enter the ballroom, creating the potential for motor shows and other corporate displays.
The facility features wireless access throughout. The South San Francisco Conference Centre’s fibre-optic connectivity supports the most demanding wired or wireless internet service requirements clients may have. Telephone and data connections extend to any location and the in-house technical staff is on hand.
Projection Presentation Technology has been the preferred in-house audio-visual provider for the centre since it opened. Audio systems for single speakers, panels, musicians, videos and teleconferencing are all available, as well as atmospheric staging and professional theatrical lighting. With the help of them and other departments South San Francisco Conference Centre has won Meeting News’ Planners’ Choice Award and Successful Meetings’ Pinnacle Award 12 years in a row.