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The New York Convention Center Operating Corporation has announced the completion of the Javits Center’s new rooftop event space as part of its $1.5 billion expansion project on Manhattan’s West Side. The 200,000-square-foot rooftop includes a glass-enclosed pavilion, an outdoor terrace and a one-acre working farm, which is expected to generate up to 40,000 pounds of produce each year.

„This new rooftop is one of the most exciting event spaces in New York City.“

Alan Steel, president and CEO of the New York Convention Center Operating Corporation

The expansion project, which has added 1.2 million square feet of total event-related space, is expected to draw new events to New York City and generate new economic activity among the hotel, restaurant, transportation and tourism industries. The SALT Conference, which opened on September 13, was the first event to utilise the expansion and its rooftop.

The expanded Javits Center features 50% more front-of-house and back-of-house areas, including new exhibit and meeting room spaces, a separate entrance for special events and a first-in-the-nation truck marshalling facility that will accelerate event operations and reduce area congestion. The design-build project has achieved LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

“This new rooftop is one of the most exciting event spaces in New York City in more than a generation”, said Alan Steel, president and CEO of the New York Convention Center Operating Corporation, which operates the Javits Center. “With stunning skyline views and state-of-the-art technology, the rooftop creates a unique roof-to-table experience for our guests while enabling our staff to push the boundaries of sustainability and further explore how to improve the quality of life for our neighbours.”

The expanded Javits Center features more than 200,000 square feet of new meeting room and pre-function space, including a 54,000-square-foot special event space — the largest event space of its kind in the Northeast. The new exhibition and meeting spaces are equipped with the latest technology in lighting fixtures, heating and cooling systems and wireless connectivity. The newly expanded Javits Center features 500,000 contiguous square feet of event space, which will help attract international business conferences, as well as a four-level truck marshalling facility that can house up to 200 tractor-trailers at one time. Construction of all of these spaces, which was considered a part of the original design, was completed in May 2021. As a part of the project, 75% or more of all construction waste was diverted from landfills for reuse, and all construction materials were chosen with sustainable characteristics, including high recycled content and local sourcing (within 500 miles).

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