The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) has awarded a $15.25 million firm-fixed-price contract to retrofit the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City into an alternate care facility.
The contract is in response to the current coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. Under the contract, the Javits Center is being adapted for use as a temporary 1,000-bed field hospital to treat non-COVID-19 patients to relieve the burden on NYC hospitals.
The contract was awarded to the center’s operator New York Convention Center Operating Corporation (NYCCOC) and the estimated completion date of the retrofit is April 9. Fiscal 2020 defense emergency response funds for the contract amount were obligated at the time of the award.
The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, commonly known as the Javits Center, is a large convention center located on Eleventh Avenue, between 34th and 40th streets, in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan, New York City.
The Center is operated and maintained by the New York Convention Center Operating Corporation, a New York State public-benefit corporation. The convention center has a total area space of 1,800,000 square feet and has 840,000 square feet of total exhibit space.