Built in 1986, the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York is the city's largest venue for conventions, trade shows and special events, boasting 840,000 square feet of exhibit space. The convention center hosts about 150 events each year with an average annual attendance of 2.5 million visitors.
In 2010, the Javits Center began a major renovation project that includes a new roof. In addition to a new structural roof, a vegetative roof was included because of its effect on storm water retention, energy-saving benefits and aesthetic appeal.
"The benefits of installing a vegetative roof at the Javits Center include the reduction of runoff," says Bruce S. Fowle, FAIA, LEED, founding principal of FXFOWLE Architects, New York, and leader of the project's architecture team. "It will cut energy use by reducing temperatures on the roof and lowering the temperature of the air being drawn into the rooftop HVAC units during the cooling season. The green roof adds the aesthetic value of urban open space—the fifth façade of the building that will be seen and appreciated from new adjacent high-rises."