$1B expansion of the Javits Center will commence this year

Posted On Tue, September 13, 2016 By

Posted On Tue, September 13, 2016 By In Hell's Kitchen, Major Developments

One of Governor Cuomo’s biggest NYC projects will kick off construction by the end of this year. Per a press release released yesterday, the Cuomo administration has put out a request for proposals (RFP) for the first phase of the Jacob K. Javits Center’s $1 billion expansion. The chosen firm will be responsible for the design and construction of a three-story building that will hold transformers, back-up generators, and other electrical equipment for the updated complex. This initial work will prepare the massive site for the larger expansion project that will increase the size of the events facility by 1.2 million square feet, bringing the total square footage to a hefty 3.3 million square feet.

Javits Center expansion, Governor Cuomo, FXFOWLE

Javits Center expansion, Governor Cuomo, FXFOWLE

Javits Center expansion, Governor Cuomo, FXFOWLE

Securing a team and contract for the broader construction project is also underway, and an RFP was released in June to pre-qualified design/build teams. A winner will be chosen early next year, and work will include:

  • A four-level, on-site truck marshaling facility, including 27 new loading docks;
  • New prime exhibit space, to be combined with the existing exhibit space, to create an approximately 500,000-square-foot exhibition hall;
  • New state-of-the-art meeting room and ballroom space;
  • Roof terrace and pavilion accommodating 1,500 people for outdoor events, including an expanded green room area;
  • New kitchen and food service areas;
  • Back-of-House and administrative space; and
  • LEED Silver certification.

As 6sqft previously reported, the expansion is also expected to generate 6,000 permanent jobs, 3,000 construction jobs, and bring the city an additional $400 million annually. The expo center, already the biggest in the nation, brought in over $1.8 billion in 2014 and welcomed more than 2 million guests.

“The Javits Center is one of the Empire State’s most powerful economic engines and these actions move forward our ambitious plan to revitalize this world-renowned facility,” Cuomo said in the press release. “Tourism is a key element in New York’s economy and with this revitalization, we will ensure the Javits Center will remain competitive with other convention centers and continue to attract top-flight shows and conferences for years to come.”

A winning proposal for the utility work will be chosen by the fourth quarter of 2016 and construction is anticipated to begin shortly after.

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