The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center is locate on the west side of Manhattan, on Eleventh Avenue. Architect James Ingo Freed of I.M. Pei and partners designed the building, with a revolutionary space frame structure. Construction began in 1980 and finished 6 years later. It was named for the U.S. Senator Jacob K. Javits, who passed away that year.
There are over 675,000 square feet of exhibit space. The building replaced the New York Coliseum as the major convention center in the city. This replacement made room for the demolition of the Coliseum and the construction of the Time Warner Center.
2006 was a year of expansion for the convention center. A $1.7 billion project was in the works, one that would increase the space by 45%. It was scheduled for completion in 2010; however, the Bloomberg administration imposed physical constraints that would make the cost rise to $5 billion and plans were halted.
Governor David Paterson, in 2008, planned to move forward with a project that would cost about $465 million. In 2012, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his plans to open a new convention center on the Aqueduct Racetrack site in Queens. The Javits Center would be redeveloped, mixing in commercial space and apartments.