Balfour Beatty to build Grand Hyatt Miami

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Florida Construction News staff writer

Terra and Turnberry have selected Balfour Beatty as the general contractor for the new Grand Hyatt Miami Beach Convention Center. Located at the intersection of 17th Street and Convention Center Drive, the 17-story, 800-room hotel will serve as the central anchor of the Miami Beach Convention Center District.

Early site work is underway, with vertical construction anticipated to start this year and be completed in 2025.

Grand Hyatt Miami Beach will be designed by Bernardo Fort-Brescia and his firm, Miami-based Arquitectonica.

“A project of this magnitude and significance requires the best in-class team and we are thrilled to have Balfour Beatty onboard leading the construction efforts,” said David Martin, CEO of Terra, and Jackie Soffer, Chairman and CEO of Turnberry. “The firm’s extensive experience pioneering new technologies and transforming communities through smart infrastructure aligns with our goal to deliver a hotel that will transform the city’s convention center campus into one of the most desirable meeting and convention destinations in the world.”

Headquartered in Dallas with full-service offices throughout the U.S., Balfour Beatty’s work includes terminal expansion projects at Jacksonville International Airport, Florida International University Student Academic Success Center, the W hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando, Paseo de la Riviera in Coral Gables and Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center.

“This is a beacon development for Miami Beach,” said Scott Skidelsky, Balfour Beatty president in the Southeast. “Being chosen to construct this icon project means the world to our project team who are some of the best builders in the industry and they are all so excited to work with our stakeholders to make this an incredibly successful build experience.”

The 17-story Grand Hyatt Miami Beach will include 12 floors of guest rooms and 52 suites offering views of Miami Beach, four floors of meeting spaces and ballrooms that will complement the Convention Center. An elevated skybridge will enable event attendees to move freely between the hotel and Convention Center in a climate-controlled, art-filled corridor.

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