Welcome to the South Florida Business Journal’s inaugural Structures Awards publication.
Our team is so excited to be launching this project. Every day, we report on all that is happening in South Florida real estate – including so much we see right outside our Brickell office window. So, it is with great pride we recognize this year’s top real estate, deals and dealmakers, and share it with our readers.
Each project or deal we’ve chosen to honor among our 13 categories is a winner, because we are recognizing the absolute best throughout our thriving real estate landscape.
We didn’t try to come up with a set number of honorees in a specific set of categories. We didn’t even strive for a set number to honor. But we think you’ll agree that the 39 projects and dealmakers featured in this special report truly highlight the scope of talent within our bustling real estate industry.
Our goal was ambitious: to honor some of the most impactful projects and people in the tri-county region’s real estate and development sectors. The Structures Awards projects range from residential to commercial, hospitality to green projects, and beyond.
Best Architecture & Design: Finalists
Hilton West Palm Beach
Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates
600 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach 33401
General contractor: Coastal Construction
Structural engineers: McNamara Salvia
MEP engineers: Steven Feller P.E., LLC
Landscape architect: Stantec
Interior designer: Looney & Associates
The Hilton West Palm Beach was a competitive project with many proposals coming together over many years. To Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates partner Igor Reyes, the success in the project stemmed in part from the partners who came together to see it through and the experience of the firm itself.
Reyes’ firm has built over 40,000 hotel rooms, so the resolution of a hotel plan that functioned well was second nature. The focus of the firm’s design energy for the Hilton West Palm Beach was contextual. It was about what the firm’s architects were contributing to the neighborhood as a piece of the convention center complex, and across the street from a thriving commercial district and performing arts center.
“It was more about how people made their way around our building. How would they approach it? How did it work as a background to the convention center?” Reyes says. “Utilizing an experience-oriented design effort helped make this project a perfect fit into this growing area of West Palm Beach, which is reflected with its success.”
The impact of architecture goes beyond function and purpose and into the realm of experience. The firm typically starts by establishing firm ground with great planning. They then “stretch and reach farther,” allowing for great design to take place with the collaborative effort of the team involved.
Best Commercial: Winner
Met3 Mixed Use Complex
MDM Development and ZOM
201 S.E. Second Ave., Miami 33131
Architect: Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates
General contractor: Suffolk Construction
Interior designer: RD Jones
Civil engineer: VSN Engineering
Landscape architect: Architectural Alliance
Structural engineer: McNamara Salvia
Mechanical/electrical/plumbing engineer: Steven Feller P.E., LLC
Monarc at Met 3 presented unique challenges to the project’s developers. It involved a complex building that houses 462 rental apartments, a Whole Foods Market, and a 12-story parking garage with multiple owners within essentially the same integrated structure.
It is also located within the bustling core of downtown Miami where site logistics due to traffic, neighboring existing buildings, and the Metromover presented many unique obstacles.
For executives with MDM Development and ZOM, the goal was to turn a former surface parking lot into an activated mixed-use project that attracts people to experience the amenities and services that the project as a whole has to offer.
For ZOM, the mission was to create unique real estate environments that maximize value by designing innovative spaces, exceeding the expectations of our customers, and building trust with stakeholders. At MDM, the goal was to deliver a transformative product, a development that truly makes a difference in the area in which it was constructed – something its done in Dadeland, Brickell and now downtown Miami.
The project sought to serve several intended goals. With countless condo units on the market, projects like Monarc at Met 3 bring true professionally managed rental projects in the core of Miami. For executives with MDM, interacting with the public, community partners and key influencers that share executives’ vision for true transformation can help deliver success.
“Ultimately, our goals are, and have always been, to create a development that furthers an area and positively impacts the people,” executives said. “In order for us to ensure that we will meet that goal, we have focused on being first-to-market within those key urban environments. It is the key to building projects that will prosper and will be enjoyed by the community.”
Read the Full Story HERE >>>> Source: Showcasing South Florida’s winning structures – South Florida Business Journal