$1B Javits Center Expansion Planned

Construction would start in late 2016
Posted on January 11, 2016 by Allison Zisko

Javits CenterA rendering of the Javits Center expansion
NEW YORK—New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has proposed a $1 billion expansion of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center that would add 1.2 million square feet to the facility, for a total of 3.3 million square feet, including a ballroom space, and a four-level, 480,000-square-foot truck garage capable of housing hundreds of tractor-trailers at one time. Construction is expected to begin in late 2016.

The proposal will provide Javits with more than one million square feet of event space. This includes a 60,000 square foot ballroom, which will be the largest such space in the Northeast, according to Governor Cuomo’s office. Additionally, of the exhibition space, 500,000 square feet will be contiguous space on one level, an industry benchmark designed to allow the Javits Center to pursue additional attractions and enhance its overall competitiveness.

The Javits Center, located on Manhattan‘s West Side on 11th Avenue between West 34th and West 40th Streets, is one of the busiest convention centers in the country, the governor said. It is home to the twice yearly NY Now, as well as scores of other shows and events. It recently completed a $500 million renovation.

This new truck garage will house hundreds of tractor-trailers at one time and feature 35 new loading docks, enabling event organizers to better schedule the delivery and removal of materials and increase the convention center’s overall efficiency. According to a report in the New York Times, Javits North, a semipermanent structure on the 40th Street end of the Javits Center, would be demolished to make room for the garage.

“The Javits Center has long been an economic generator for this state, but we want to build and expand it to ensure it remains a premier venue for the next generation,” Governor Cuomo said. “Through one of the most aggressive development plans in the history of the State of New York, we are transforming one of our largest convention centers into an unparalleled, world-class venue. The new Javits Center will continue to garner millions in economic activity, create jobs and keep New York’s economic momentum moving forward.”

The proposal also includes the installation of a 34,000-square-foot solar energy array and the construction of a new green roof terrace with views of the Hudson River that can accommodate 2,500 guests. These plans would complement the improvements of a previous renovation completed in 2014 that included a new façade and flooring; mechanical, technology and sustainability systems; and a 6.75-acre green roof.

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