In 2016, the design-build team embarked on the $1.3 billion expansion of the Jacob Javits Convention Center. The team was tasked with enhancing the facility through a strategic expansion in scale and program so Javits could better compete in the global meetings and events marketplace while also bringing significant economic benefits to the region.
Key elements of the 1.2 million sf expansion included adding exposition space, 21 meeting rooms, a 6,000-person ballroom and a four-level truck marshalling facility. The new space is topped by a 200,000 sf rooftop, which includes a pavilion, terrace and one-acre working farm that generates up to 40,000 pounds of produce annually. On the interior, the custom flooring design combined the existing building's rigid space frame with the organic textures of the green roof.
Organic sedum textures were incorporated to help hide the heavy traffic and wear that these corridors and prefunctions receive. Because the concourses are long, the team deployed a large tile repeat, so that the concourse feels endless with no clear repetition in patterning. This led to a complicated installation, similar to putting together a large-scale puzzle, each tile represented a unique design and pattern that required specific placement.