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The Javits Center Expansion Project

New York’s convention center, located in the growing Hudson Yards neighborhood, is a 1.2 million square foot facility booked over 300 days per year, making it the busiest convention center in the country. Unlike Las Vegas or Orlando, New York’s convention center had no room to grow, and needed to accommodate the increasing population in Hudson Yards. Tobin successfully identified all the options, and assembled the team to develop the winning concept – a $1.0 billion expansion on Javits Center’s existing campus which has been universally supported by every interest group, unusual for New York.

Tobin’s Achievements

  • Developed concept that solved the physical and business challenges at Javits Center by expanding meeting room facilities by 500%. Accomplished this by adding a world class ballroom and roof top gathering place to better serve this crucial market for Javits. These new facilities will enable Javits Center to compete effectively in the high margin convention and meeting business.
  • Brings all truck traffic and layover space on to the existing campus, immediately cutting truck traffic in the neighborhood by 50%.
  • By utilizing the existing campus, the project frees up valuable land in the immediate neighborhood for future development.
  • Increases the Javits Center green roof, making it the largest green roof in the country. The existing green roof has already cut heating and cooling costs by 30%.
  • The positive economic impact of the project will be nearly $400 million, on top of the $1.95 billion generated in 2015.