The upcoming expansion of the Javits Center will provide a host of new dynamic spaces that will allow our customers to expand their events and create new opportunities like never before.
With new, state-of-the-art exhibit and meeting room spaces, the convention center also will attract more events while enhancing the quality of life for the West Side community. In addition, the construction of an on-site truck marshaling, loading and storage facility will relocate 20,000 event-related trucks off area streets each year, improving neighborhood traffic flow and pedestrian safety. As a result, the move-in and move-out process for events will be reduced by 30%, leading to an additional 20 days for new events and additional economic activity.
In order to prepare the site for the expansion project, the first phase of work has already begun, including utility work and the construction of a new three-story building that will house transformers, back-up generators and other electrical equipment needed for the expanded convention center. This work was the result of a Request for Proposals issued in September 2016, and following a thorough procurement process, Tishman Construction, an AECOM company, was selected to oversee this work.
This first phase, which began in December 2016, is underway near the West 39th Street entrance, and as a result, the ramps to the loading docks on Level 1 and Level 3 will be closed temporarily on a periodic basis. Javits Center staff will ensure that any of these closures do not impact move-in and move-out operations, and service advisories will be distributed regularly to notify customers of the potential ramp closures.