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February 1, 2017

New York’s Javits Center Expansion Selects Design-Build Team

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Empire State Development, New York’s economic development agency, has moved forward with the planned $1.5 billion expansion to the Javits Center in Manhattan with the selection of the project’s design-build team. The organization has selected LendLease Turner as the design-build team that will coordinate and construct the massive project on Manhattan's West Side.

The panel's recommendation was approved by the Board of Directors of the New York Convention Center Development Corporation, a subsidiary of Empire State Development that owns the convention center's property and oversees major construction work at the facility. The project is expected to generate $393 million in new annual economic activity, reduce area traffic congestion and increase the efficiency of Javits Center operations to allow for new and expanded events, according to a statement by Empire State Development. 

The winning proposal calls for new exhibit and meeting room spaces, as well as the construction of an on-site truck marshaling, loading and storage facility that will relocate 20,000 event-related trucks off area streets each year, which project officials say will improve traffic and pedestrian safety. In total, officials estimate the project will reduce the move-in and move-out process for events by 30 percent. 

In addition to the truck marshaling facility, the winning plan also calls for the addition of 90,000 square feet of permanent exhibit space that will be combined with the existing exhibit space to great an exhibition hall spanning approximately 500,000 square feet. The expansion will also add 45,000 square feet of meeting room space, as well as a 55,000 square foot ballroom, billed as the largest of its kind in the New York region. On the roof, the project will add a terrace and pavilion that can accommodate up to 1,500 attendees for outdoor events. Other additions include 27 new loading docks, new kitchen and food service areas, new back-of-house and administrative space and a LEED Silver certification. 

The first phase of work, which will ready the site for the expansion, has begun, including critical utility work and the construction of a new three-story building that will house transformers, back-up generators and other electrical equipment needed for the expanded convention center. This first phase was the result of a Request for Proposals issued in September 2016, and following a thorough procurement process, Tishman Construction, an AECOM Company, was selected to oversee this work.

The project also builds on the building’s recent renovation, which included the installation of new façade, flooring, mechanical and sustainability systems, as well as a 6.75-acre green roof that has become a sanctuary for area wildlife. 

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