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ASLANY: Javits Rooftop Tour


Thursday, June 8, 2023 @ 6:00 pm EDT
Thursday, June 8, 2023 @ 9:00 pm EDT


Javits Center Rooftop
445 11th Avenue, New York, NY




Start: Thursday, June 8, 2023 @ 6:00 pm EDT
End: Thursday, June 8, 2023 @ 9:00 pm EDT



Please join the New York chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects on Thursday, June 8th at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center for an educational hands-on tour of the urban farm, orchard, and outdoor event space on the rooftop of this iconic building. Covering more than an acre of rooftop on the newly expanded convention center, the active farm operation managed by Brooklyn Grange produces a variety of crops which are used in the building’s kitchens.

The event will include a site tour, which will provide ASLA CEUs (1.5 units) for learning opportunities in small group sessions. The green roof media, building materials, rooftop design and farm operations will be highlighted during 20-minute sessions led by representatives from various project participants. A reception will be held after the tour for attendees. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

Event Program:

A staffed sign-in table will be in Room 413, with a map and other handouts. Maps will be printed on paper of four different colors to sort participants into smaller groups for the 20-minute rotating sessions. The targeted attendance for the event is 80 participants. Welcoming remarks will be made by Yashi Dadhich, Javits Center Director of Energy & Sustainability.

Tour Stops:

Orchard – Charles Duprey & Terry Driscoll, Naturcycle
Topic: Green Roof Media

Working with Brooklyn Grange, Naturcycle designed a specialty urban agricultural media for the rooftop farm at the Javits Center, along with an intensive green roof media for the orchard area. This presentation will review the challenges of creating locally sourced sustainable media in bulk to meet special project needs, as well as unique characteristics of the blends used for the farm.

Plaza – Jason Bajor, Forms+Surfaces
Topic: Materials for Outdoor Applications

This presentation will cover the benefits of stainless steel, aluminum, FSC-certified hardwoods, and powder coat finishes as applied to the custom rooftop furniture designed by di Domenico + Partners, LLP and manufactured for the Javits Center. This will include an overview of the design process for the furniture and the coordination between Forms+Surfaces and the project architects for the Javits Center.

Transit Area – Zach Waliullah & Chris Rice, American Hydrotech
Topic: Green Roof System

American Hydrotech is a nationwide supplier of roofing materials and green roof systems, including the rooftop farm at the Javits Center. During this tour stop, attendees will learn about the development of the roofing system supporting the farm, from initial design through installation, including the many critical factors that inform that process.

Greenhouse – Ben Flanner & Orion Ashmore, Brooklyn Grange
Topic: Farm Operations

Brooklyn Grange designed the Javits Center rooftop farm and oversees its operation. This stop on the tour will provide an overview of farm design and management, as well as the challenges and opportunities of food production in an urban environment. This review will cover both indoor and outdoor agriculture, including a look inside the greenhouse.

Check in will be 6:00 – 6:30pm
Tours 6:30 – 8:00pm on the Rooftop
Reception 8 :00 – 9:00pm in Room 413 Light Fare and Cocktails

Rain or shine.  Please bring sunglasses.

1.5 CEUs (approved)

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