Javits Center Project Invites Diversity Firms
By Leslie McMillan
New York is a city where great visions fulfilled on the grandest scale seem almost commonplace. It is also a city where tangible support for small business participation in massive public projects is a really big deal.
Consider the current $1.5 billion expansion project that will add another 1.2 million square feet to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. Already the nation’s busiest convention venue, the Javits Center recently concluded a major renovation of its existing facility, then followed up by breaking ground in 2017 on the enormous addition slated for completion in 2021. World-class design-build team Lendlease Turner Joint Venture won the expansion contract—and is actively seeking first-tier subcontractor participation from among firms owned by minorities, women, or service-disabled veterans (MWBE or SDVOB).
Certified MWBE or SDVOB firms are invited to register with Lendlease Turner JV for notices of first-tier subcontractor or supplier opportunities on the Javits Center expansion project.
Visit https://goo.gl/forms/jC7qTF9Npi4WLIL03 to complete the short LLTJV vendor registration form. To obtain or update MWBE or SDVOB certification, or to learn more about eligibility and the certification process, visit the New York State Empire State Development website at https://esd.ny.gov/mwbe-new-certification. Please also see the Lendlease Turner JV ad posted here.
The state-of-the-art Javits Center expansion, rendering a fivefold increase in meeting room space, includes such elements as:
Progress on the expansion project is on time and on budget. The foundation work is completed, and steel structure is being erected. Construction is scheduled to be finished by the first quarter of 2021. The Javits Center Facebook page posts occasional activity updates.
In addition to the increased economic impact of the new construction and the completed structure, a significant benefit to the Javits Center's thriving West Side neighborhood will be the new four-level truck garage. The expanded on-site truck marshalling capacity will allow for a fifty percent reduction in truck trips, as well as significant improvements in traffic flow, pedestrian safety, and air quality.
The remarkable green roof ecosystem introduced by the recent Javits Center renovation will also extend to the expansion project. The current 6.76-acre green roof, while helping to reduce energy consumption and absorb storm water, has become a wildlife sanctuary—home to twenty-six bird species, five bat species, and three hundred thousand productive honeybees. Check the live green roof video feed or call 212-216-2000 to ask about a free tour.
The convention center, named for New York's long-time United States Senator Jacob K. Javits, opened in 1986. It is owned by the New York Convention Center Operating Corporation, a public benefit corporation located in New York City under the umbrella of New York State Empire State Development.
Primary partners in the expansion project's design-build team, Lendlease Turner Joint Venture, are Lendlease Corporation and Turner Construction Company. Lendlease is a leading international property and infrastructure group with operations in Australia, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Founded in Sydney, Australia, in 1958, Lendlease has offices in Sydney, New York, Singapore, and London. Turner, established in New York City in 1902, is an international construction services company with more than forty offices in the United States and operations in at least twenty countries. Turner offers clients the accessibility and support of a local firm with the stability and resources of a multi-national organization.
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