Javits Center Expansion Will Create More Exhibit and Meeting Space for HX
NEW YORK CITY - The $1.5 billion expansion of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center will allow many additional exhibitors to take part in HX: The Hotel Experience. Exhibitors and affinity associations will also be able to hold more meetings in and around the HX with the addition of new, flexible meeting space.
The expansion will include: 90,000 square feet of new permanent exhibit space, to be combined with the existing exhibit space, to create an approximately 500,000-square-foot exhibition hall; 45,000 square feet of meeting room space; a 55,000-square-foot ballroom; a green roof terrace and pavilion accommodating 1,500 people for outdoor events; new kitchen and food service areas; and 27 new loading docks, according to information from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office. The total exhibit space at the six-block convention center currently is 2.1 million square feet of space, of which 840,000 is exhibition space.
The added space could potentially accommodate up to 500 more exhibitors, said HX Show Director Phil Robinson. The project has a 2021 completion date and will first impact the HX in November 2021.
"This expansion will allow for state-of-the-art flexible meeting and networking space for exhibitors," Robinson said. "They will be able to hold sales meetings and customer focus groups in space that can better meet their requirements, and hospitality associations, whose members attend HX, will now have more space to hold their own sub-conferences and meetings."
Robinson added: "The expansion will better allow the Javits Center and New York City to compete with Boston, Philadelphia and Washington and other Northeast cities that have had superior meeting space in their convention centers. For HX, it means we can reach out to more exhibitors and attract a potentially larger audience."
The Javits Center expansion is also taking place in the same part of New York City that is home to the Hudson Yards re-development mixed-use project, which is creating a new neighborhood on Manhattan's far West Side that will include hotels, retail, restaurants, residences, and office space. The area features a new subway station on the Number 7 line connecting Javits with Times Square, 5th Avenue and Grand Central Station.
"The work at the Javits Center is testament to what is going on in Hudson Yards, which is creating a whole new and exciting part of Manhattan," Robinson said. "It is like you have a new mini-city within New York City, and it makes the Javits Center an even more attractive venue."
The expanded convention center project is creating 3,100 construction jobs and an additional 4,000 full-time and 2,000 part-time jobs once it is completed. It is expected to generate $393 million in new annual economic activity overall.