The state is seeking a development team that can design and build the $1 billion expansion of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
The New York Convention Center Development Corporation on Tuesday issued a request for qualifications for the project, seeking developers adept at design-build, a project delivery system that lets a landlord sign one contract with a party that handles both the design and construction of a project.
This could be the first time a subsidiary of the Empire State Development Corporation is able to flex its design-build muscle, thanks to the state’s freshly-passed budget. The scope of design-build was previously restricted to five state agencies, so a limited number of companies have experience with the delivery system. Some big-name construction companies include Skanska, Tishman Construction Company, Turner Construction Company and Lend Lease. Tishman is listed in the RFQ as a consultant on the concept design for the project. The RFQ seeks teams who have worked on similar projects worth more than $100 million in the past five years.
The design-build approach has already been implemented in the rebuilding of the Tappan Zee Bridge, by a team that includes Fluor and Traylor Brothers construction companies. The delivery system, which is often held up as a money and time saver, is expected to also be used in the redevelopment of LaGuardia and Penn Station.
For the Javits Center renovation, the state will select up to three developers who will then receive requests for proposals in June and compete for the project. The overhaul includes expanding the convention center by 1.2 million square feet and building a roof terrace for outdoor events. The RFQ is due May 10 and construction is slated to begin in the fall.
This is Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s latest proposal for the Javits Center. In 2012, he suggested demolishing Javits and building a new convention center in Sunnyside, Queens.