The New York Sports and Convention Center Design. Courtesy Kohn Pedersen Fox.

New York Sports and Convention Center Design



The New York Sports and Convention Center was planned to be the future home of the NFL’s New York Jets. The $1-billion multifunctional building was to be located between Tenth and Eleventh avenues and 30th to 33rd streets in New York City, built on a new $400-million transfer platform over the existing West Side rail yards. An important element of Manhattan’s proposed West Side redevelopment program was the ability of the center to host some of the largest concerts, corporate training seminars, and conventions in the U.S., be a possible venue for the 2010 Super Bowl, and a potential site for the 2012 Olympic games. Our design work was completed in 2005.

Thornton Tomasetti provided structural engineering services through construction documents for both the center and the support platform before the project was suspended. The center would have had a seating capacity of 75,000, including 240 private and corporate suites, 30,000 square feet of meeting space and 180,000 square feet of trade show space at the field level. The platform would have been approximately 775,000 square feet.

A key component of the Center was the glass veil façade, a first of its kind in the world. The veil’s chameleon-like nature would allowed it to change from opaque to transparent, allowing light to filter through with variable intensity. Other significant components of the NYSCC included a retractable roof, movable seating, and removable flooring, which would increase the number of usable days of the center and the number and variety of events it can accommodate.

Fore Solutions, acquired by Thornton Tomasetti in 2012, provided LEED consulting services during the initial phases of the design including assessment of the environmental performance of the stadium design. Among the many opportunities, close to 50 percent water savings were targeted through fixture selection from a typical stadium at the time of design.

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