NEW YORK, NY — On Dec. 7, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the historic $1.5 billion expansion of the Javits Center will be substantially complete by March 2021. The massive project will add 1.2 million sq. ft. of event-related space on Manhattan’s West Side. Featuring state-of-the art technology, the expanded Javits Center will include 50 percent more front-of-house and back-of-house areas, including new exhibit and meeting room spaces, a glass-enclosed rooftop pavilion and a truck marshaling facility. Upon completion, the project is expected to be certified LEED Silver, the same certification as the existing building.
“New Yorkers expect action, and the expansion of the Javits Center through the design-build process is delivering results in a safe, streamlined fashion that will generate a new wave of economic activity for the Empire State,” Cuomo said. “With so many jobs dependent on large-scale events hosted here, the Javits Center has become one of New York’s most important economic assets, and this expansion will ensure it remains the nation’s busiest convention center for generations to come. As an iconic hub of commerce and culture, it will become one of the most sought-after event venues anywhere in the world.”
“Events in New York City will never be the same, thanks to this unparalleled expansion in the heart of the greatest city in the world,” commented Alan Steel, President and CEO of the New York Convention Center Operating Corporation. “The Javits Center is a unique place where business and cultural leaders from around the world come together to share ideas that move our society forward. With the construction of more than one million square feet of new space, this building will reach its true potential as an economic engine for the Empire State while improving the quality of life for our neighbors.”
The first event hosted at the newly expanded convention center will be the joint International Contemporary Furniture Fair and LightFair in May 2021. The combined design-industry events are expected to attract more than 40,000 design professionals to New York City. “The Javits Center is the heart of the events industry in New York, and thanks to Governor Cuomo’s leadership, its unprecedented expansion will allow our industry to grow in new and exciting ways,” said LightFair Show Director Dan Darby. “We look forward to using the center’s updated spaces and amenities to present an engaging and inspirational LightFair experience for all of our attendees.”
Without interrupting the Javits Center’s current event-related operations, several construction projects have been completed or are near completion:
• The expansion’s steel and concrete superstructure is fully erected, and final non-structural steel and concrete work is ongoing;
• Panels of bird-friendly glass are being installed, providing views of the convention center’s green roof, the Hudson Yards development and the Hudson River; and
• All foundation work adjacent to the Lincoln Tunnel was completed without incident directly above two operating tubes for the tunnel that connects New York and New Jersey, a major engineering feat for the design and construction team.
For details on the features of the completed expansion, see the coverage in the F&D 2019 SuperBook.