Brickell CitiCentre, Miami, Florida, United States of America


Brickell CitiCentre, Miami, Florida

Brickell CitiCentre is a mixed-use project located at the financial hub of the Brickell district in the city of Miami, Florida. It is located between Southeast 6th Street and Southwest 8th Street, and will be easily accessible via Interstate 95 and Miami Metromover light rail station.

"The Brickell CitiCentre will be spread over three blocks west of Brickell Avenue and south of Miami river."

The project will comprise of 520,000 square feet of shopping and dining areas, three office buildings, two residential towers and a hotel. The developer Swire Properties USA, a subsidiary of the Swire Properties of Hong Kong, acquired four plots of land to develop this project. The multi-use project will be spread across a gross floor area of 2.89 million square feet, excluding the car parking area.

Ground breaking for the Brickell CitiCentre was held on 28th June 2012. The project is being constructed in phases. The first phase will include the construction of the major part of the project, except an office tower that will go up in 2015. The final tower will be completed by 2018. The project is expected to cost $1.05bn.

The project will generate 1,700 construction jobs and 3,800 permanent jobs. The city of Miami and Miami Dade county will receive $15m a year as annual taxes from the project. The revenue from the retail outlets will amount to nearly $333.5m and $19.4m respectively from hotel and adjacent service apartments. Good connectivity will promise a large footfall from tourists and locals alike.

Master plan for the mixed-use Brickell CitiCentre project

The Brickell CitiCentre will be spread over three blocks west of Brickell Avenue and south of Miami river. It is the largest LEED project under development in the US. It will compete with the Rockfeller and Embarcadero centres, upon its completion.

"It is between Southeast 6th Street and Southwest 8th Street and will be accessible via Interstate 95 and Miami Metromover light rail."

The open-air design of this mixed-use development will convert it into a social forum for the city of Miami. The main challenge of building the project will be the integration of the Metromover station with the rest of the buildings, within a limited space of 396,396 square feet. There will be pedestrian crossing to make the development more accessible.

The foundation and the underground parking area will span over 304,920 square feet and will take 18 months to complete. The retail space will cover three floors and will include a department store, luxury retail units, mall type retail stores, restaurants and entertainment area.

There will be two residential apartments each with 42 floors and 800 condominium units. The floor area of the residential apartments will vary from 900 square feet to 2,500 square feet. The hotel will be have 265 guest rooms and 85 fully furnished service apartments with kitchens, meant for long stays.

There will be two eight storied office buildings, each measuring 120,000 square feet. One of these two buildings will house a wellness centre, which will focus on dermatology, cosmetic surgery and weight loss. The third office building, with a gross floor area of 70,000 square feet, is due to come up in the second phase of the project.

In addition there will be wide walking paths, open urban plazas, roadside cafés and shops that open up to the streets.

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Swire Properties received $140m credit from HSBC Bank to fund the initial construction costs, execute more designs and include more building elements within the development.

Turner Construction Company and their partner Dragados USA won the $10m contract for building the foundation and the underground parking space, in an international bidding organised by Swire Properties.

Kimley Horn Associates will supervise the civil-engineering aspects such as the traffic management. MKA of Seattle will provide structural engineering. Arquitectonica GEO, the architect of the project, will develop the landscaping.

TLC Miami and Cosentini Associates of New York will provide a sustainable design for the multi-use project. Hugh Dutton Architects will handle other design aspects of the project. Kaderabek Company will provide geotechnical engineering.