News / 1.11.16

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center to Expand

New York’s Governor Announces $1 Billion Expansion for Javits Center

Last Thursday, New York's Governor, Andrew M. Cuomo, announced that the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center was going to expand and thereby create more than one million square feet of event space and also feature a ballroom that would be New York City's largest. In addition, a glass addition at the northern end of the center would provide meeting rooms, new exhibition halls and outdoor space for visitors to Javits. Lastly, Javits' existing North Hall, which was designed by Epstein and FXFOWLE, as a temporary swing space during the recently completed renovation project, will be demolished and replaced with a four-level garage for tractor-trailers bringing in displays and other equipment.

Pre-Function Space


For the past 18 months, Epstein, along with our NYC-based partner, FXFOWLE, have been working on the plans and schemes for this expansion, and Governor Cuomo, as part of his Javits expansion announcement, released renderings of that effort. A few of those renderings can be found here. If you would like to view all of our plans and renderings please visit the Governor's Flickr page at

Construction on this exciting new phase for Javits is scheduled to begin this year.

For those of you not familiar with Epstein's history at Javits, we collaborated with FXFOWLE on the major renovation and expansion of the I.M. Pei designed facility, a project that was completed in November of 2013. To read more about this award-winning project visit