Governor Cuomo Signs Expansion Steel Beam


As a sign of the expansion project’s steady progress, Governor Cuomo signed one of the last steel beams to be installed for the $1.5 billion project earlier this month. Surrounded by project managers, Javits Center employees and a team of ironworkers, Governor Cuomo visited the convention center’s green roof to sign the beam, while applauding the work to expand the Javits Center, which will provide a significant boost to the regional economy.

"With so many jobs dependent on large-scale events hosted here, the Javits Center has become one of New York's most important economic assets, and this expansion will ensure it remains the nation's busiest convention center for generations to come,” Governor Cuomo said. “As an iconic hub of commerce and culture, it will become one of the most sought-after event venues anywhere in the world."

Expansion project highlights include:

  • New glass-enclosed entrance on 11th Avenue at 38th Street;
  • Creation of 500,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space on one level with the addition of 90,000 square feet of prime exhibit space;
  • 107,000 square feet of new meeting room space, including a 54,000 square-foot special event space, the largest such space in the Northeast;
  • 113,000 square feet of pre-function space;
  • Rooftop pavilion and terrace accommodating 1,500 individuals;
  • 480,000 square-foot, four-level truck marshaling facility;
  • 27 new loading docks; and a
  • One-acre rooftop farm.

Once completed, the expansion project will create 6,000 new full-time and part-time jobs and generate nearly $400 million in additional annual economic activity.

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