Javits Center Celebrates Completion of Extensive Four-Year Renovation and Expansion

HIL ANDERSON, SENIOR EDITOR
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New York – A ceremony marking the wrapping up of the expansion and renovation of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center was held in New York November 11.

The gathering of officials from Javits Center, the state, the city and New York’s tourism business community cheered the $465 million project as a pivotal event in the history of the downtown center.

“With our renovation completed, we have more horsepower than ever before,” said Alan Steel, CEO of the New York Convention Center Operating Corporation (NYCCC). “The landmark renovation of Javits Center exemplifies the importance of the building to New Yorkers.”

The project began in 2009 and covered Javits Center from stem-to-stern. The highlight was construction of the 110,000-square-foot Javits North exhibit hall, which boosted the entire building’s prime exhibit space to 840,000 square feet. The expansion moved Javits from 16th place to No. 13 in the Trade Show Executive World’s Top Convention Centers (WTCC) rankings. Other improvements included a 240,000 square foot glass curtain and a 6.75-acre “green” replacement roof that is expected to reduce the center’s energy consumption at least 26% in the coming years.

The center’s show calendar was not disrupted during construction. The NYCCC estimated Javits Center drummed up $1.4 billion worth of economic activity in New York during the 2012 fiscal year.

Reach Alan Steel at (212) 216-2000 or asteel@javitscenter.com