Yesterday, October 20th, we were notified that the renovation and expansion of New York’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center has been certified LEED-NC Silver by the United States Green Building Council. For this project, Epstein provided convention center design expertise and project management as part of a design team joint-venture with our friends at FXFOWLE. The first phase of the two phase Javits Center expansion was the renovation of the existing building enclosure with the inclusion of new 110,000 square foot exhibition hall to the north (which opened on August 1, 2010). The project’s second phase included a 70,000 square foot expansion of 760,000 square feet of exhibition space, the inclusion of 70,000 square feet of new meeting rooms (now totaling 168,000 square feet) and truck trailer storage for 120 trailers between 38th and 40th Street. This phase was completed in November of 2013.
Specific sustainable design highlights of the main building renovation include:
• A 370,000 sf green roof, the 2nd largest on a single, freestanding structure in the US, which helped Javits reduce energy usage by 26%. This was accomplished through the prevention of 6.8 million gallons of storm water runoff annually, as well as conserving energy by moderating temperature inside the building, and reducing the temperature of air drawn into the rooftop HVAC units for air conditioning.
• A reduction in potable water use by 31.74% through the installation of low-flush water closets and low-flow public lavatory faucets
• And 14.10% of the total building materials content utilized recycled materials
With the Javits Center’s certification, Epstein has now played a significant design, engineering and/or LEED consulting role in helping 48 buildings achieve LEED certification.