Richard Rogers Withdraws from Javits Center Renovation [UPDATED]

Renowned architect Richard Rogers has left the architectural team to renovate and expand the Javits Center, a move that comes four months after the state finalized a decision against any large scale expansion, an Empire State Development Corporation spokesman confirmed.

The Pritzker Prize-winning Mr. Rogers was brought on for the project by Pataki development chief Charles Gargano in part as a means to draw public support for the project. Mr. Rogers designed, among other projects, Paris’ Centre Pompidou museum with Renzo Piano.

Left with just a renovation (to the tune of at least $800 million) and possibly a modest expansion, the architectural fees grew to a point where the oversight board of the Javits expansion was concerned about costs, according to multiple people familiar with discussions. Last month, the board members were presented with a preliminary yearlong contract of architectural fees of more than $20 million, according to those familiar with the discussions, an amount the board wanted reduced substantially.

Mr. Rogers is not without work in the city—he is the architect for Tower 3 at the World Trade Center, where early construction work has begun.

The New York-based FXFowle, the ESDC spokesman said, is still on the architectural team.

Update: 5:00 p.m.

ESDC spokesman Warner Johnston wrote to say that given the change of scope in the project, "Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners in full agreement with the ESDC and its joint venture partners, FXFOWLE ARCHITECTS and A. Epstein and Sons International, Inc believes that the present objectives are best served by the client working with a local team and has withdrawn from its role as lead designer." Richard Rogers Withdraws from Javits Center Renovation [UPDATED]