The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City hosts over 100 major conventions and trade shows annually, making it ‘the busiest convention center in the country.’ The imposing logistics of incoming and outgoing freight for these shows is further complicated by the Javits Center’s location in a rapidly developing area on Manhattan’s west side and its lack of on-site marshalling facilities.

As part of the overall expansion project, Epstein conceived a four-level, on-site truck marshaling facility with 29 new loading docks on two levels, storage for 129 tractor trailers, and a marshalling area to accommodate 40 queueing trucks that would ordinarily clog the neighborhood streets. Epstein’s logistics and process engineering group performed a comprehensive study of existing travel and loading operations to create a simulation of the proposed facility, projecting a 30 percent reduction of move-in and move-out times and the removal of 20,000 event-related trucks from the street annually.

Epstein produced the program requirements and indicative design, and aided the State of New York in procuring a DesignBuild team for the truck marshalling building and expansion of the existing convention center.