The 1.2 million-square-foot expansion of the Javits Center, first announced by Governor Cuomo in January 2016, now has an architect. Following a Request For Proposals issued in September, Empire State Development has chosen LendLease Turner as the design-build team for the project. The team is a consortium of project manager LendLease and construction company Turner, with design services by tvsdesign.
Under LendLease Turner’s plan, formally announced by the state today, the expansion will include 90,000 square feet of permanent exhibit space that can be combined with existing space to create a 500,000-square-foot exhibition hall; 45,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting space; a 55,000-square-foot ballroom (it’ll be the largest of its kind in the area); 27 new loading docks; new kitchen and food service areas; and off-limits administrative space. The project will seek LEED Silver certification.
The project will also include an on-site truck marshaling facility that will pull 20,000 event-related trucks off the street annually, and help to reduce move-in and move-out time for exhibits by 30 percent. (Javits Center neighbors, rejoice!)
As most city projects do, the expansion will cost more than anticipated. According to new estimates, the expansion will set the city back $1.5 billion, up from the initially-anticipated $1.2 billion price tag.
The first phase of the expansion has already kicked off, and includes the construction of a three-story building that will house transformers, generators, and other mechanicals needed for the expansion. Empire State Development forecasts that the expansion will lead to the creation of 6,000 permanent jobs and $393 million in new annual economic activity.