Featured Project: Javits Center Expansion Rooftop & Farm, New York
Javits Center Rooftop Expansion & Farm
New York, NY, USA
208,858 sf Intensive Greenroof = 10,000 sf Orchard, Greenhouse, Pavilion, Outdoor Terrace, Shade Garden, Ornamental Perennial Planters & 52,242 sf Rooftop Farm
Greenroofs.com Featured Project April 20, 2022
Urban agriculture is one of our favorite applications for rooftop greening as greenroof farms provide so many different types of advantages for: us as humans by improving our built environment, creating jobs, and providing resilient and healthy food opportunities; creating wildlife food and habitat in the urban city; lowering the building owners’ energy expenses and roofing replacement costs as well as increasing property values; and offering neighboring buildings a fantastic, naturalized view!
Commencing with the 2014 renovated Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, the Javits Center continues to be a champion of sustainability in our field of living architecture. With its recent massive Expansion project finished, the leadership at Javits Center deserves to be lauded for their commitment to promoting best practices in building new spaces, as well as the many designers and consultants for their beautiful work!
Excerpt from the Greenroofs.com Project Profile:
The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center operates one of the most robust sustainability programs of any building in New York State. Since 2014, the Javits Center has reduced its energy consumption by 26%, created a rooftop wildlife habitat, and installed energy-efficient equipment throughout the structure.
With its 1.2 million square-foot expansion project completed in May 2021, the program has been expanded to include several innovative concepts designed to push the boundaries of sustainability and create a path for future initiatives. Led by Lendlease Construction LMB Inc. and Turner Construction, the design-build team included tvsdesign, Moody Nolan, and WXY.
Topped with a one-acre working farm on Level 4, the $1.55 billion Javits Center Expansion brings a jaw-dropping 3.3 million square feet of total event related space to Manhattan’s resurgent West Side. And the 16,200 square foot Rooftop Pavilion can accommodate up to 1,500 guests.
The rooftop farm will not only provide obvious ecosystem benefits but will be able to produce up to 40,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables a year, which will be used in the millions of meals served at the Javits Center.
Utilizing the American Hydrotech Ultimate Assembly of 208,858 sf and Garden Roof Assembly of 52,242 sf (using their GR30 and LiteTop products), the Javits Center Expansion rooftop space spans multiple acres covered with an MM6125 membrane and Protected Membrane Roofing. Built to hold at least a million pounds of soil, Naturcycle produced a custom growing media 18 inches deep for the project.
Areas include paved pedestrian spaces, a shade garden, and ornamental perennial planters along with an orchard, greenhouse and the one acre rooftop farm – operated by Brooklyn Grange. The Expansion employs recycled water from the 300,000-gallon water storage system built into Javits’ current facility. And over 3,000 solar panels also will be constructed on the new and existing rooftops as part of a new program with the New York Power Authority.
Charged with making this distinctly an urban farm, the resulting design is a marriage between a naturally northern lit space and a totally flexible black box for events. A 42-foot wide, bifold door connects the Expansion Rooftop Farm with the Terrace, creating a dynamic, educational, and immersive experience.
At the end of December 2021, Javits Center donated 275 pounds of leftover food to Rethink Food, a local non-profit that provides nutritious meals to the community.
Owner: Empire State Development Corporation
Location: New York, NY, USA
Building Program: Commercial
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 208,858 sq.ft.
Privacy: Private, By Appointment
LENDLEASE CONSTRUCTION LMB INC. & TURNER CONSTRUCTION
TVSDESIGN, MOODY NOLAN, AND WXY
ARCHITECT FOR THE ROOFTOP PAVILION AND FARM:
AMERICAN HYDROTECH, INC.
GROWING MEDIA: URBAN AG:
ROOFTOP FARM CONSULTANT & OPERATOR:
GREENHOUSE DESIGN AND OPERATIONS CONSULTANT:
GROWING MEDIA INSTALLATION:
DOWNES FOREST PRODUCTS
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