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PLANS have been un­veiled for a US$1.5 bil­lion over­haul of New York’s Ja­cob K. Jav­its Con­ven­tion Cen­ter in West­ern Man­hat­tan.

The design build team be­hind the project will be led by Aus­tralia’s Lendlease and Turner Con­struc­tion to­gether with tvs­de­sign.

Ex­pected to break ground early this year, the ma­jor ex­pan­sion is set to in­clude an ad­di­tional 90,000 square feet of per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tion space.

When com­bined with the ex­ist­ing area, this will cre­ate a huge 500,000 square foot ex­hi­bi­tion hall.

Also new will be a 55,000 square foot ball­room, green roof ter­race pav­il­ion ac­com­mo­dat­ing 1,500 peo­ple for out­door events and 27 load­ing docks.

There will also be new kitchen and food ser­vices in­stalled along with back of house ad­min­is­tra­tive spa­ces.

The con­struc­tion of an on-site truck mar­shal­ing, load­ing and stor­age fa­cil­ity is ex­pected to re­lo­cate 20,000 event-re­lated trucks off area streets each year, im­prov­ing traf­fic flow and pedes­trian safety.

The re­vamp is fore­cast to gen­er­ate a mas­sive US$393 mil­lion in new an­nual eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity, and al­low for new and larger events.

“The Jav­its Cen­ter is one of New York State’s great­est eco­nomic as­sets, and this project will turn this build­ing into a 21st cen­tury mar­vel, a con­ven­tion cen­ter of the cal­iber that New York de­serves,” Em­pire State De­vel­op­ment pres­i­dent, ceo and com­mis­sioner Howard Zem­sky said.

Zem­sky said the new fa­cil­i­ties would help un­lock the New York icon’s true po­ten­tial by at­tract­ing “the world’s best con­fer­ences and events”.

The first phase of work, which will ready the site for the ex­pan­sion, has be­gun.

There is a fi­nan­cial in­cen­tive for the project to be com­pleted by 2021.

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