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FXFOWLE and Epstein were originally charged with expanding the Javits Center to meet industry standards while basically obliterating the existing building. This proved to be unaffordable and unsustainable, prompting the design team to re-evaluate their approach and set out to rejuvenate and revitalize the center, making it more environmentally responsible without impacting the basic infrastructure – the bones. The result has been an amazing transformation. In late 2012, Hurricane Sandy deposited up to a foot of contaminated water across 800,000 square feet of the first level of the facility. In order to mitigate future flood damage, flood gates were installed at all exits below 11 feet in elevation. Where the center was once facing total demolition, it is now pursuing LEED Silver certification.

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