RENOVATING THE JAVITS CENTER, REIMAGINATING AN ICON

Taking in the full scope of the Javits Center’s history-making 5-year overhaul, it’s fair to say that the Javits Center hasn’t been merely renovated—but revitalized and reimagined.

Working together with the New York Convention Center Development Corporation, construction manager Tishman Construction and architects FXFOWLE and Epstein, we executed a bold, indelible
vision for the new Javits Center. Even while the renovation was in progress, the Javits Center maintained its role as the country’s busiest convention center, generating billions of dollars of economic activity across the city and state. The transformation of the building is evident everywhere, inside and out. And driven by a strong commitment to sustainability and a focus on efficiency, the repositioned building is pursuing LEED Silver certification.

Highlights of the renovation include:

Construction of the largest green roof in the Northeast

  • Spanning 7 acres, the state-of-the-art green roof reduces water runoff and heat gain at the convention center, helping to lower the facility's annual energy consumption by 26% 

  • The green roof also helps protect the roof membrane, enhances the aesthetics of the building when seen from above and creates a natural wildlife habitat

New façade, flooring, mechanical and lighting systems 


  • The Javits Center’s existing curtain wall was replaced with 3,722 panels of energy-efficient, high-performing glass, which simplified and lightened the aesthetic of the original façade—making the facility more inviting than ever before 

  • The original flooring, which consisted of diamond-patterned Tuscan red terrazzo, has been replaced with soft tones of gray terrazzo—modernizing the interior spaces 

  • New mechanical systems have improved the indoor air quality, reduced ambient noise and significantly saved on energy consumption. The building now features an upgraded, high- efficiency HVAC system, which involved the replacement of more than 100 mechanical units, each weighing 20,000 pounds 

  • The installation of 2,400 skylight panels allow natural light to permeate the interior spaces and enhance the building’s distinctive exterior 


New Javits North 


  • The construction of this phenomenal 110,000-square-foot, column-free exhibit hall boosts the entire building’s prime exhibit space to 840,000 square feet. As a result, the Javits Center moved from 16th to 13th place in the Trade Show Executive magazine's World’s Top Convention Centers (WTCC) ranking

For chief executives and business professionals, show managers and meeting planners, as well as millions of tourists and New Yorkers, all of these improvements clearly position the Javits Center as a premier convention center that rivals any venue. Now more than ever, the Javits Center is where New York meets the world.

Watch a video on our historic renovation