New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo presided this past week over the official groundbreaking of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center expansion. The $1.5 billion project will increase the convention center space by 50 percent.
Expected to be completed in 2021, the expanded convention center is estimated to generate $393 million in new annual economic activity, increase efficiency and allow for larger events. It is projected that, once completed, an additional 4,000 full-time, 2,000 part-time jobs will be created, and generate an additional 200,000 room nights.
The expansion includes the following:
- A four-level, on-site truck marshaling facility, including 27 new loading docks with the ability to hold a minimum of 229 trucks.
- New prime exhibit space, to be combined with the existing exhibit space, to create an approximately 500,000-square-foot exhibition hall.
- New state-of-the-art meeting room space and a 55,000 square foot ballroom.
- Roof terrace and pavilion accommodating 1,500 people for outdoor events, including an expanded green room area.
- New kitchen and food service areas.
- Back-of-House and administrative space.
- LEED Silver certification.