New York State to use design-build for Javits Center

The New York Convention Center Development Corporation (CCDC) last week issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) for a project to expand the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The  RFQ process is seeking to identify developers for the $1 billion design-build project and specifies respondents must have worked on similar projects worth more than $100 million within the past five years.

“Government shouldn’t be in the construction business,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “We’re all in favor of design-build. Bring in a private-sector partner. You build it, you develop it and God bless you. Time is of the essence. This is not going to be government process. It’s going to be private-sector timelines, private-sector incentives.”

CCDC officials will select three developers to move onto the next phase of the project and plan to issue requests for proposals (RFPs) in June. The project includes expanding the convention center by 1.2 million square feet and building a roof terrace for outdoor events. Responses are due May 10, and construction is set to begin in the fall.