Contract awarded for $1.5bn expansion of Jacob K Javits Convention Center in US


Empire State Development has selected a design build team, led by Lendlease (US) Construction LMB and Turner Construction with tvsdesign, to oversee the $1.5bn expansion of the Jacob K Javits Convention Center in New York City.

The expansion will see the addition of 90,000ft² of permanent exhibit space and 45,000ft² of meeting room space to the site, and is expected to result in increased economic activity to the city and wider state area.

An exhibition hall covering roughly 500,000ft² will ultimately be created when the additional exhibit space is combined with existing facilities.

Turner Construction Company executive vice-president Pat Di Filippo said: "The construction, self-perform and technical engineering expertise of our team gives us confidence as we undertake this monumental project.

“We look forward to delivering an extraordinary, world-class facility for the people of New York, and the many visitors who come through the convention centre every year."

"The Javits Center is one of New York State's greatest economic assets, and this project will turn this building into a 21st century marvel."

The expansion will also involve the addition of a 55,000ft² ballroom, a green roof terrace and pavilion accommodating 1,500 people for outdoor events, an on-site truck marshalling facility with capacity for more than 230 event trucks, and 27 new loading docks.

Empire State Development president and CEO Howard Zemsky said: "The Javits Center is one of New York State's greatest economic assets, and this project will turn this building into a 21st century marvel, a convention centre of the caliber that New York deserves.

"With these new, state-of-the-art facilities, we will be able to attract the world's best conferences and events, and drive economic activity throughout the region for decades to come."

The six-block Javits Center is located on Manhattan's West Side on 11th Avenue between West 34th and West 40th Streets and encompasses 2.1 million square feet, including 840,000ft² of exhibition space.


Image: The expansion of Jacob K Javits Convention Center will see the addition of 90,000ft² of permanent exhibit space and 45,000ft² of meeting room space. Photo: courtesy of PRNewsFoto/Lendlease.