A New Space - Tishman Gets Creative on the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
In 2004, the New York legislature gave the green light for the expansion and renovation of The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. Although it was delayed many times due to budget cuts and the economy, the work finally began in 2009 with construction manager Tishman Construction, an AECOM company, orchestrating the work based on architects FXFOWLE and Epstein’s designs for the 110,000-square-foot addition. The addition needed to be operational by July 2010 to start the renovation of the existing facility,which is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2013.
One of the project team’s challenges is that the center has to remain open during construction, meaning work proceeds among the presence of thousands of daily visitors. “The Javits Center is probably one of the more highly utilized centers in this country,” explains Barbara Lampen, president of the convention center. Javits hosts a variety of functions, including major trade shows, televised events and graduation and awards ceremonies.
Close collaboration among all the parties is expected to result in the $465 million project finishing $40 million under budget. Glen Johnson, project director for Tishman,says his company “put together packages that didn’t lend themselves to adding extra cost and buying during a slow economy. The biggest hurdle with this project was managing the down times and then working overtime to complete activities around the shows’ schedules.”