$1.5B NYC Convention Center Expansion Complete
The design-build project, which added about 1.2 million square feet of space, was reportedly complete on budget despite challenges released to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the loss of two months of work.
“Re-investing in on our infrastructure is critical to restarting our economy after COVID-19, and the expansion of the Javits Center will play a pivotal role in attracting people back to New York and supporting local businesses,” Cuomo said. “From operating as a COVID-19 field hospital to the largest vaccination center in the United States, the Javits Center has demonstrated its importance to the recovery and resurgence of the Empire State, and this project reinforces their part in New York's economic future.”
The rooftop spaces are still slated to be completed in the coming weeks, however, and include a pavilion, a terrace, a greenhouse and a one-acre farm.
The project was led by a joint venture of Lendlease Construction LMB Inc. and Turner Construction Company; it was also part of Cuomo’s broader Midtown West redevelopment.
In March, Cuomo issued a Request for Proposals to develop one of the last available vacant parcels in Manhattan’s West Side. The site, known as Site K, is a 1.2-acre lot across from the Javits Convention Center.
The lot is owned by the New York Convention Center Development Corporation, a subsidiary of Empire State Development, and is also part of the broader 2021 city development plan that was released in January.
The RFP is for a commercial or mixed-use development and can include hotels or any other uses that are complementary to the Javits Center. Should the proposal include residential use, however, it must include 30% permanently affordable units to comply with the Affordable New York Program.
Both the Javits Center and the Site K project are near the recently opened Moynihan Train Hall.
The $1.6 billion project is part of a larger effort of work on the historic Penn Station. The 255,000-square-foot hall is a transformation of the James A. Farley Post Office Building and has increased Penn Station’s concourse space by 50%.
Cuomo praised the project when it opened at the beginning of the year for its completion during the COVID-19 pandemic. The project was led by Empire State Development through a public-private partnership with Vornado Realty Trust, The Related Companies, Skanska, the MTA, the Long Island Rail Road, Amtrak and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Reportedly, there are more portions of the Farley building that are under renovation that are slated to open to the public later this year.