Proposed to begin in late 2016, New York's Jacob K. Javits Center renovation will increase the convention hall's size to 3.3 million square feet.
Governor Cuomo's plan includes a four-level, 480,000 square-foot truck garage which should reduce truck trips by 50 percent, improving air quality, pedestrian safety and traffic flow. The proposal includes the installation of a 34,000 square-foot solar energy array and a new venue, Terrace on the Hudson, a new green roof terrace with dramatic views of the Hudson River that can accommodate 2,500 guests.
The revitalization will be financed within the center’s existing budget and through the Empire State Development Corporation and no further approvals are needed, said a spokesperson for Cuomo.
Already a LEED Silver accredited facility, the Javits Center will seek LEED Platinum certification with the completion of the renovation. The Javits Center's economic impact in 2014 was approximately $1.8 billion.