New York's Javits Center Completes Green Renovation

New York’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center has completed a $465 million renovation, encompassing a 110,000-square-foot expansion adjacent to the existing facility, the facility’s owner and operator, the New York Convention Center Operating Corp., announced last week.

“The Javits Center fuels the economic engines of New York City and New York State unlike any other facility, and with our renovation complete, we have more horsepower than ever before,” said Alan Steel, CEO of the New York Convention Center Operating Corporation. “The landmark renovation of the Javits Center exemplifies the importance of the building to New Yorkers and its business community, and we are happy to be an integral part of the upcoming development of the West Side neighborhood.”

Commenced in 2009, the Javits Center renovation was designed to achieve LEED Silver certification. It includes the installation of new energy-efficient lighting, high-efficiency mechanical units and a 6.75-acre green roof that is the largest of its kind in the Northeast, and the second largest of its kind in the country. In addition, it includes work on the convention center’s curtain wall, which was replaced with 3,722 panels of energy-efficient, high-performing glass that — along with 2,400 new skylight panels — allow daylight to penetrate the building’s interior spaces. Together, these improvements are expected to reduce the convention center’s energy consumption by at least 26 percent.

The aforementioned expansion, known as Javits North, was completed in 2010 and offers column-free exhibition space with dedicated restrooms and foodservice areas.

“The Javits Center is a one-of-a-kind destination that brings the world's leading conventions and trade shows to New York, as well as millions of attendees who support hotels, restaurants and other businesses across the city and the state,” said Joseph E. Spinnato, Esq., president of the Hotel Association of New York City. “The unique renovation project has produced a more attractive, more customer-friendly facility, and we are thrilled with the results. We look forward to years of quality business at the new and much improved Javits Center.”

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