FL Announces 'Record-Breaking' High-Rise
Recently, famed architect Carlos Ott, with the help of Sieger Suarez, announced design plans for what officials are saying is to become the tallest tower south of Manhattan.
Rising 1,049 feet into Miami's south Florida sky, the Waldorf Astoria Miami is slated to become the city’s first supertall tower, offering 100 floors of residences. The project is being developed by New York- and Miami-based Property Markets Group and Toronto-based private equity firm Greybook Realty Partners.
Waldorf Astoria Miami
The exterior architecture of the building plans to resemble a pile of nine unevenly stacked glass cubes. From inside, either within the hotel or open-concept residences, guests and residents will have views of Biscayne Bay, the Port of Miami, Brickell Avenue, Downtown Miami, Key Biscayne and South Beach.
“Miami has become a true global city, drawing in a high concentration of international buyers and travelers, as well as those domestically from the Northeast, Midwest and California,” said Ryan Shear, Managing Partner of PMG. “Waldorf Astoria’s rich history and heritage combined with Miami’s flare needed to evoke an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response from a new generation of luxury consumers, as well as generational Waldorf brand loyalists around the world.”
A New Era Begins - The time has come for the launch of the Waldorf Astoria Residences Miami in downtown Miami. Our stunning landmark, in partnership with Property Markets Group and Hilton, will rise 1,049 feet above Biscayne Bay. Read more: https://t.co/TZF8XKnQ7g— Greybrook Realty (@GreybrookRealty) March 22, 2021
According to reports, units within the Waldorf Astoria Miami will range between 873-3,256 square feet in size, and will be offered in studio, one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom options. PMG and Waldorf Astoria have partnered with California-based interior design firm BAMO to complete the interior environments, which are slated to be full of light and functionality.
The studios are to be located in cube four above level 40, while one-, two-, and three-bedroom units will be constructed in cube five above level 50, and four-bedroom units will be in cube six above level 60. Residences start at $1 million, with sales and marketing being led in-house by PMG Residential, in collaboration with Fredrik Eklund, Julia Spillman and John Gomes of Douglas Elliman’s Eklund | Gomes Team.
The three cubes remaining at the bottom will be occupied by a five-star Hilton-operated hotel, comprised of 205 guestrooms and suites.
Other planned amenities in the building include a pool, spa, gym, recreational areas, multiple dining options, valet parking and a parcel for receiving and delivering to residences.
“Waldorf Astoria Residences Miami will permanently change downtown Miami’s skyline,” said Shear. “It will bring unprecedented architecture to South Florida as the tallest residential and hotel building south of New York City. Waldorf Astoria Miami boldly embraces being individualistic in both scale and shape. From its double-height amenities and signature spaces such as Peacock Alley and Specialty Restaurant, to a private residential pool deck four hundred feet up, the building’s design expressions are larger than life.”
Other Miami-Based Projects
Just a few months ago, Developers OKO Group, a venture of Vladislav Doronin and Cain International, released a few press announcements noting that construction on Miami’s deepest and most expensive underground parking garage was making its way into the city as crews prepped the area for the three-level subterranean basement and the 47-story luxury tower that will sit on top.
The 100,000-square-foot parking garage is slated to reach nearly 50 feet and three stories below sea level and will cost an estimated $25 million to build.
The developers tapped architecture firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill to design the property along with general contractor joint venture of Civic Construction and Ant Yapi U.S. Specialty contractor Keller International is also listed on the project.
Following the groundbreaking earlier this year, the team began a deep-soil mixing process that was the first step in creating a waterproof “bathtub,” which will aim to protext the structure’ concrete mat from groundwater.
That process should be complete early this year, to make way for the team to begin drilling piles 135 feet deep to both support the tower and hold down the floor of the tub. The soil mix inside the tub will then be excavated, and after that the building’s steel mat foundation will be constructed, followed by a concrete foundation pour.
Once the three levels of columns are complete, ground-level vertical construction can begin, which is estimated for late 2021, followed by the construction of the tower itself.
The project is expected to be complete in 2023.
In April, a temporary hospital built inside the Miami Beach Convention Center reportedly reached completion early—commencing work on April 20—just days before its target opening. The 450-bed hospital was constructed as part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers efforts to alleviate pressure on local hospitals from anticipated surges in COVID-19 patients.
In a press conference on April 8, the Corps, joined by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and other state and local officials, announced that construction firm Robins & Morton (Birmingham, Alabama) had been selected to convert 250,000 square feet of the Miami Beach Convention Center into a field hospital, complete with isolation rooms.
The awarded contract was reported to be worth $22.5 million and was slated to open by the of the month, giving the company only two weeks to complete the project.
During construction efforts, Robins & Morton was reported to have up to 250 people—made up of craftworkers, over 20 contractors from the South Florida area and more than 40 of its own employees—onsite, working around the clock to reach the project’s deadline.
Over the course of the project, workers followed COVID-19 health and safety protocols, in addition to CDC guidelines in order to help protect everyone on the job.
Following completion, Channel 7 News reported that the Corps handed the site over to the Florida National Guard whose medical teams will be treating patients should local hospitals become overwhelmed with those infected with COVID-19.