Rendering of the Jacob K Javits Convention Center.

New York Convention Center Development Corporation

New York Convention Center Development Corporation (“CCDC”) is a subsidiary of New York State Urban Development Corporation, dba Empire State Development (“ESD”).  CCDC’s purpose is to plan, design, construct, and otherwise develop the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on the west side of Manhattan (“Javits”).  Javits opened in 1986 as the successor to the Coliseum Convention Center at 59th Street and Broadway.  Since its opening, Javits has been New York City’s primary venue for large conventions, exhibitions, and major trade shows.  These events are key contributors to the City and State economy, stimulating direct and indirect employment, economic activity and tax revenues, and strongly supporting the City’s hotel, restaurant, tourism, and entertainment industries.

The Project

An initial General Project Plan for the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center Renovation and Expansion Civic Project (the “Project”) was approved in July 2006 and called for the renovation of existing Javits and an expansion of Javits north to 40th Street, inclusive of a new truck marshalling facility.  A modified General Project Plan, approved in March 2009, specifically detailed the renovation scope of work.   Under this 2009 Plan, the following renovation and construction work was completed by 2014: construction of a state-of-the art 7 acre green roof (the largest in the Northeast), the replacement of the exterior curtain wall with energy-efficient glass, updated flooring, updated HVAC systems, and the installation of approximately 2,400 skylight panels.  Additionally, an 111,000 square foot temporary exhibit hall (Javits North) was constructed during this period.

Notwithstanding the renovation, current operations at Javits, and the ability of Javits to compete in the evolving convention center marketplace, are challenged by a lack of meeting room space and a lack of truck parking.  An expansion of Javits remains necessary to address these challenges, so that Javits can meet current industry standards, host larger and more diverse events, and accommodate the truck traffic generated by such events.

To advance these goals, in April 2016 New York State passed legislation enabling CCDC to develop an expansion of Javits under the design-build delivery method.  In May 2016, CCDC Directors adopted a modified General Project Plan for Javits, permitting the following expansion elements:

  • A 480,000 square foot on-site truck marshaling facility, including 27 new loading docks;
  • 92,000 square feet of new prime exhibit space;
  • 40,000 square feet of new state-of-the-art meeting room space and a 58,000 square foot ballroom;
  • 113,000 square feet of pre-function space;
  • A roof terrace accommodating 1,500 people for outdoor events;
  • An expanded green-roof area; and
  • LEED Silver certification.

Project Update: November 2018

The Javits expansion project consists of: (1) an approximately $100 million electrical transformer building being constructed by Tishman Construction Company (“TCC”), to be completed in 2020; and (2) an approximately $1.3 billion dollar exposition hall and truck garage being constructed by a joint venture of Lendlease and Turner (“LLT”), to be completed in 2021.  LLT essentially has completed demolition, excavation, and caisson foundations, has laid more than 84% of requisite foundation pressure slabs, and has fabricated approximately 72% of steel needed for the new exposition hall.  Erection of steel began on September 5, is progressing through the center “spine” of the site,  and is expected to be completed in Fall 2019.  Pouring of concrete for the new truck garage began in October.  Concurrently, but separately, TCC continues development of the transformer building by advancing electrical connections between the new transformer building and existing Javits.

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center: November 2018 Construction Progress Photo

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center Expansion and Renovation Civic Project and Land Use Improvement Project: Documents and Resources


Robin Stout 

CCDC Chairman 

Henry Silverman


Board of Directors

Sara Berman 

Michael G. Carey, Esq.

David Emil

Bryan X. Grimaldi

Vincent Iannelli

Edward P. Kane 

George F. Little, II

Lee H. Perlman 

Joseph E. Spinnato 

George Tsunis


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