As a part of the ongoing expansion project, the demolition of Javits North and the link has been completed, paving the way for the start of foundation work for new construction. Underground electrical and sewer work has been performed, and heavy machinery, including cranes, drilling rigs and excavators, has been delivered to the active site at the north end of the campus. The installation of support for the excavation piles has already begun on the south sidewalk of West 40th Street, and concrete slabs will soon be poured at the second and third floors of the transformer building, which will contain utility equipment for the entire expanded convention center. Due to this activity, there will be some temporary ramp closures in order to accommodate the work.
Designed as a temporary pre-engineered structure, Javits North was installed as a part of the $463 million renovation project that was conducted between 2009 and 2014. With 80,000 square feet of exhibition space, it was designed to accommodate customers during the complex renovation work, which was performed in closed-off sections of 80,000 square feet. When the renovation was completed, the exhibition hall became a favorite for many customers who enjoyed the column-free space and easy access to the West Side highway. In its place, the expansion will create 500,000 square feet of exhibition space on Level 3, a 55,000 square-foot ballroom, a rooftop terrace, new loading docks and an on-site truck garage capable of handling all event-related trucks.
The expansion project is part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's $100 billion infrastructure plan designed to upgrades major facilities and transportation hubs throughout New York State.