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$1B Javits expansion gets green light as Cuomo seeks design proposals

The planned $1 billion expansion of the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan is scheduled to begin construction by the end of the year, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday.

The Governor’s office is seeking proposals from contractors to design and build a new three-story building that will house transformers, back-up generators, and other electrical equipment. Contracts are expected to be awarded in the fourth quarter of 2016, with work starting shortly thereafter in 2016.

“The Javits Center is one of the Empire State’s most powerful economic engines and these actions move forward our ambitious plan to revitalize this world-renowned facility,” Governor Cuomo said in a press release.

“Tourism is a key element in New York’s economy and with this revitalization, we will ensure the Javits Center will remain competitive with other convention centers and continue to attract top-flight shows and conferences for years to come.”

The Design-Build procurement for the broader construction project that is part of the expansion is already underway, and a winner is expected to be approved early next year.

In January of this year, Cuomo unveiled a $100 billion infrastructure program that includes the Javits expansion on a list of projects that have stalled for years.

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