New York Building Congress Honors Javits Center


The New York Building Congress honored the Javits Center for its contributions to New York City and New York State at its 97th Anniversary Leadership Awards Luncheon at the New York Hilton Midtown in May. With nearly 1,000 guests in attendance, our President and CEO Alan Steel accepted the award and cited our work as leaders in sustainable building for the Javits Center’s recent success and recognition.

“Since the initial investment of $2 billion to design, construct and operate the Javits Center three decades ago, we estimate the building has generated more than 20 times that number in economic activity — a wise investment by any measure,” Alan told the audience, filled with New York’s real estate and construction leaders.

Peter Davoren, President and Chief Executive Officer of Turner Construction, introduced Alan to the podium and praised the convention center for its work to support the construction industry and the local economy since its doors opened in 1986.

“The Javits Center is one of New York’s greatest economic assets, helping to drive the economies of both our City and State by generating an incredible $2 billion in economic activity a year and supporting more than 17,000 jobs,” Mr. Davoren said. “And it’s one of the largest employers of construction workers anywhere in New York, providing a steady, reliable stream of work for more than 30 years.”

At the event, the Building Congress also released a new report entitled “Building a World Class Tourism and Cultural Sector,” which called for more construction related to New York’s tourism industry, including a second convention center in an outer borough.

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