Empire State Development (ESD), New York's chief economic development agency, has selected Turner Construction and LendLease to design and build the $1.5bn expansion of the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York.
The expansion project, designed by TVS, will include the construction of 8,361 sq m of permanent exhibit space, to be combined with the existing exhibit space and create a 46,452 sq m exhibition hall.
It will also include 4,180 sq m of meeting room space, a 5,109 sq m ballroom to be the largest of its kind in the New York region, 27 new loading docks, new kitchen and food service areas, and administrative space
Additionally, the LEED Silver certified centre will feature a green roof terrace, a pavilion accommodating 1,500 people for outdoor events, and an on-site truck marshalling facility that can hold a minimum of 229 trucks that will haul exhibit materials to and from the Javits Center.
ESD president, CEO and commissioner Howard Zemsky said: "The Javits Center is one of New York State’s greatest economic assets, and this project will turn this building into a 21st century marvel, a convention centre of the calibre that New York deserves.
"With these new state-of-the-art facilities, we will be able to attract the world's best conferences and events and drive economic activity throughout the region for decades to come.”
The project will be financed through a combination of State appropriation and bond issuance proceeds. It will create 4,000 full-time jobs, 2,000 part-time jobs and 3,100 construction jobs.
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