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19 July 2017

Jacob K Javits Convention Center Expansion, New York, US

Jacob K Javits Convention Center, one of the busiest convention centres in the US, is undergoing a $1.5bn expansion aimed at transforming it into a world-class convention centre.
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Jacob K Javits Convention Center, one of the busiest convention centres in the US, is undergoing a $1.5bn expansion aimed at transforming it into a world-class convention centre.

Located in Manhattan, New York, US, the 2.1-million-square-foot facility includes 840,000ft² of exhibition space. The project will add a new meeting room and ballroom space, new loading docks and an exhibition hall.

The expansion project builds on the recently completed renovation of the convention centre, which added a new façade, flooring and a 6.75-acre green roof. It will help in attracting significant events and conventions while improving operational efficiency and reducing traffic congestion at the facility.

Ground-breaking for the expansion took place in March 2017 and the project is scheduled for completion in 2021. It is expected to create more than 3,000 construction jobs, 4,000 permanent jobs and 2,000 part-time jobs. In addition, it will boost the hotel and tourism industry, as well as generate $393m in economic activity.

The developers aim to achieve LEED Silver certification for the expansion project.

Jacob K Javits Convention Center expansion details

The expansion project will add 90,000ft² of new exhibition space, which, combined with the existing space, will create 500,000ft² of contiguous space. A 55,000ft² state-of-the-art ballroom and 45,000ft² meeting room spaces will also be added.

The project also includes the construction of a four-level truck marshalling facility or garage, which will include 27 new loading docks and will be capable of holding 229 trucks.

The garage will enable the rerouting of 20,000 annual event-related trucks off public streets, thereby improving traffic flow, air quality and pedestrian safety. It will also reduce the number of truck trips by 50%, providing the centre with 20 additional days for new events.

A green roof terrace capable of hosting 1,500 people for outdoor events will also be developed. The terrace will provide stunning views of the Hudson River and enable the centre to diversify the types of events hosted.

Additional planned facilities include new kitchen and food service spaces, as well as administrative space.

Construction of the convention centre expansion

Early construction works, including foundation and utility works, commenced in December 2016. Six giant caissons were drilled to support the foundation system of a three-storey transformer building, which will supply power to the expanded facilities.

The building will accommodate transformers, backup generators and other electrical equipment. The first phase of construction is being developed in the existing transformer yard of the centre.

It will comprise a structural steel frame with elevated and enclosed platforms. The building floors will be made of concrete slabs resting on a metal deck supported by steel beams.

The transformer building’s roof will be fitted with a horizontal canopy featuring green-screen elements and planters. Acoustic panels will be added to reduce rooftop noise along the north edge of the roof.

Construction works commenced on the transformer building following the ground-breaking in March 2017.


Funding for the expansion is expected to be provided through a state appropriation of $1bn, cash available on hand, and proceeds from bond issues.

Contractors involved

The expansion project has been designed by tvsdesign while the LendLease-Turner consortium has been contracted to undertake the construction.

Tishman Construction and Lehrer LLC will manage the project on behalf of the convention centre.

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