Jacob Javits Convention Center
New York City’s largest convention complex, the Jacob Javits Center is home to major NYC trade shows and events and is located on Manhattan’s far west side.
About Jacob Javits Convention Center NYC: The Javits Center is known as the marketplace of the world, and is host to many leading conventions, trade shows, consumer shows and special events. There is no better world stage than the Javits Center on which to produce, exhibit or attend an event. It is located on Eleventh Avenue, between 34th and 40th streets, on the West side of Manhattan. It was designed by architect James Ingo Freed of I. M. Pei and partners. The revolutionary space frame structure was begun in 1980 and finished in 1986 and named for United States Senator Jacob K. Javits, who died that year. The center is operated and maintained by the New York City Convention Center Operating Corporation. The Jacob Javits Convention Center NYC has a total area space of 1,800,000 square feet and has 840,000 square feet of total exhibit space. Planning and constructing a convention center on Manhattan’s west side has had a long and controversial history, including efforts starting in the early 1970s to produce a West Side development mega project. When the Center opened, it replaced the New York Coliseum as the city’s major convention facility, making way for the demolition of the Coliseum and future construction of the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle. Beginning in 2009 and now completed, the $465-million renovation of the Javits Center comprised of an extensive upgrade to the main building’s groundbreaking design, including the installation of new energy-efficient lighting and the construction of a 110,000-square-foot expansion adjacent to the existing facility – now known as Javits North. In order to obtain LEED Silver certification, the existing curtain wall at the Javits Center was replaced with 3,722 panels of energy-efficient, high-performing glass – along with 2,400 skylight panels – allowing daylight to penetrate the interior spaces and enhance the building’s famous exterior. The building now features upgraded, high-efficiency mechanical units and a 6.75-acre green roof – the second largest of its kind in the country and the largest in the Northeast – reducing water runoff and heat gain at the convention center. These additions are expected to reduce the facility’s energy consumption by at least 26%, providing tremendous cost savings in the years ahead. The Jacob Javits Convention Center NYC is home to many of the world’s top 250 trade shows and hosts up to three million visitors per year. These large-scale events contribute to the city and state economies by stimulating direct and indirect employment, economic activity and tax revenues. As key contributors to the city and state economy, the Javits Center strongly supports the hotel, restaurant, tourism and entertainment industries across New York State. Each year, events at the Javits Center lead to the booking of 400,000 room nights at area hotels, spurring economic activity statewide.
- 655 West 34th Street, New York, NY 10001
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