Expansion Project Moving Forward

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the issuance of a Request for Qualifications from design-build teams interested in completing the Javits Center expansion, a major step forward in the construction process of a dynamic new convention center on Manhattan’s West Side.

The New York Convention Center Development Corporation (NYCCDC), a state subsidiary that owns the Javits Center property, will narrow the respondents down to three qualified teams, which will then receive a Request for Proposals in June 2016, to design and build the facility’s additions.

“Javits is the busiest convention center in the nation – but we need to keep building and growing if we want to remain competitive, and that is exactly what we are doing,” said Governor Cuomo. “This is part of the most ambitious and far-reaching agenda we have ever done. We’ve set the bar very high – not just rebuilding what is, but building for what can and should be – and the massive expansion of the Javits Center is proof that we are building for the future.”

The Design-Build procurement method was made possible for this project by the recently enacted New York Transformational Economic Development Infrastructure and Revitalization Projects Act, which went into effect on April 12, 2016. Design-Build is a cost-saving procurement approach that incentivizes the private sector to accelerate the completion of large-scale infrastructure projects and to shift the risk of cost overruns and delays to the private contractor building the project. This method is currently being successfully used to reconstruct the Tappan Zee and Kosciusko Bridges, as well as advance a number of priority transportation projects throughout the State.

“This expansion is a game changer for the Javits Center and Manhattan’s West Side, and since the announcement in January, there has been a significant increase in demand for our event space, especially the soon-to-be largest ballroom in the Northeast,” said Alan Steel, President and CEO of the New York Convention Center Development Corporation, which operates the Javits Center. “Thanks to Governor Cuomo, the expansion will be completed in a speedy and efficient manner, and this international hub of commerce will be able to welcome more events, improve the neighborhood’s quality of life and spur job creation across the region — without delay. It’s a win-win for our customers and all New Yorkers.”

“Design-build will streamline the process of getting this necessary expansion built and take years off the project’s ultimate timeline,” said Howard Zemsky, President, CEO & Commissioner of Empire State Development. “This expansion will support the local tourism, hotel and restaurant industries; attract more events; and significantly increase the efficiency of operations.”

 The Design-Build process, implemented by Governor Cuomo in 2011, allows combining design and construction services into a single contract to help expedite vital infrastructure to save taxpayer money. Design-Build contractors will submit proposals to design and build the convention center’s addition at the same time. This usually results in a design consultant teaming up with a construction contractor to jointly deliver the project.