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Institutional | TISHMAN CONSTRUCTION, AN AECOM COMPANY: JACOB K. JAVITS RENOVATION PROJECT
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TISHMAN GETS CREATIVE ON THE JACOB K. JAVITS CONVENTION CENTER. BY MARTA JIMÉNEZ-LUTTER
n 2004, the New York legislature gave the
green light for the expansion and renovation of The Jacob K. Javits Convention
Center in Manhattan. Although it was
delayed many times due to budget cuts and
the economy, the work finally began in 2009
with construction manager Tishman
Construction, an AECOM company, orchestrating the work based on architects FXFOWLE
and Epstein’s designs for the 110,000-squarefoot addition. The addition needed to be operational by July 2010 to start the renovation of
the existing facility, which is scheduled to be
completed by the end of 2013.
One of the project team’s challenges is that
the center has to remain open during construction, meaning work proceeds among the presence of thousands of daily visitors. “The Javits
Center is probably one of the more highly utilized centers in this country,” explains Barbara
Lampen, president of the convention center.
Javits hosts a variety of functions, including
major trade shows, televised events and graduation and awards ceremonies.
Close collaboration among all the parties is
expected to result in the $465 million project
finishing $40 million under budget. Glen
Johnson, project director for Tishman, says his
company “put together packages that didn’t
lend themselves to adding extra cost and buying during a slow economy. The biggest hurdle
with this project was managing the downtimes
and then working overtime to complete activities around the shows’ schedules.”
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Expansion of the facility added more than
100,000 square feet of space to the original center. This phase was completed in spring 2010
with a pre-engineered structure that allowed
construction to be fast-tracked so the renovation phase could begin.
Johnson explains that the renovation
involved replacing the shell and roof of the
older building and the replacement of 93
rooftop mechanical units. Tishman had to do
some preliminary work in the fourth quarter
of 2009 to prepare for the roof work. “The original units had the electrical, fire alarm and system cables all running to the units above the
roof,” Johnson says. “That was a problem from
a maintenance standpoint because you could-
Tishman Construction, an
AECOM Company: Jacob
K. Javits Renovation Project
• Project value: $465 million
• Headquarters: New York, N.Y.
• Tishman Construction employees on site:
75 to 200
• Scope: Convention center addition and
n’t change the roof or repair it, since all the
conduits were on the roof.”
Tishman re-wired the existing units to connect under the roof and then installed the
rooftop units in phases. “We did these [rooftop
units] in 10 sequences,” Johnson explains. “We
would remove the rooftop units, replace the
roof and install the new rooftop units. While
we were in that phase, we would also put in
all-new lighting, fire alarm system and paint
the hall, below which was closed.”
Tishman Construction is rehabbing
the Jacob K. Javits Convention
Center in Manhattan.
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