The former U.S. Immigration Naturalization Service (INS) 12-story building in Miami will be redesigned by the architecture and design firm Stantec and converted to a 139-key Hilton Garden Inn. The hotel is part of the mixed-use development project Triton Center that will also include three residential buildings, with a combined total of 325 apartments. Located at 7880 Biscayne Blvd, Triton Center will become the epicenter of the upper Biscayne Blvd. area, which is just north of Miami’s famous MiMo District that’s also seeing a revitalization, Stantec said in a news release.
Owned by real estate developer Florida Fullview Immigration Building, LLC, the 722,000 sq. ft. development will also feature 17,000 sq. ft. of ground-level retail and 585 indoor parking spaces. A 20-ft. pedestrian passage within a city plaza-like environment between the residential buildings and hotel complexes will be added. Each building will have its own pool and fitness center. Lush landscape and shading trees will surround street level retail and food outlets.
Stantec says it will continue the building’s vanguard spirit; integrating white stucco and metal panels highlighted with bright Miami accent colors and glass curtain walls. The project is expected to achieve LEED Silver certification.
Originally built in the 1960s as the Gulf American, the building was recognized as a vanguard, mid-century modern tower with distinctive anodized aluminum sunscreens and tall transparent glass curtain walls spilling out to the street at its base. INS moved into the building in 1983 and vacated in 2008.