In early December, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the Javits Center expansion project will be substantially complete by March 2021, four years after the official groundbreaking ceremony for the historic project.
As of December, the project is more than 60% complete, demonstrating the efficiency and effectiveness of the design-build process in New York State. Led by the New York Convention Center Development Corporation and Empire State Development, the $1.5 billion expansion project is on-time, on-budget and will add 1.2 million square feet of total event-related space to the iconic convention center on Manhattan’s West Side. Construction work is being performed by Lendlease and Turner with design services provided by tvsdesign.
"New Yorkers expect action, and the expansion of the Javits Center through the design-build process is delivering results in a safe, streamlined fashion that will generate a new wave of economic activity for the Empire State," Governor Cuomo said.
In March 2020, all concrete and steel work is expected to be complete, with a total of 13,940 tons of steel fabricated. In addition, panels of bird friendly glass are being installed throughout the structure as part of our effort to reduce our impact on the environment. Since the completion of a building-wide renovation in 2014, bird collisions have decreased more than 90%, according to studies conducted by New York City Audubon.
"Events in New York City will never be the same, thanks to this unparalleled expansion in the heart of the greatest city in the world,” said Alan Steel, President and CEO of the New York Convention Center Operating Corporation, which operates the Javits Center. “The Javits Center is a unique place where business and cultural leaders from around the world come together to share ideas that move our society forward. With the construction of more than 1 million square feet of new space, this building will reach its true potential as an economic engine for the Empire State while improving the quality of life for our neighbors."
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