Miami Beach Convention Centre reno a finalist for project of the year award

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Florida Construction News staff writer

The Miami Beach Convention Center renovation and expansion project has been named one of five finalists for the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Florida/Caribbean 2023 Project of the Year Award. The winner will be announced at the 2023 Vision Awards event Nov. 28 in Miami.

“The Miami Beach Convention Center’s extensive renovation and expansion has revitalized the dated property into a first-class venue that celebrates its position as the civic and cultural heart of Miami Beach and drastically improves the experience for residents and convention attendees alike,” shared Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber. “We are grateful to ULI for this recognition.”

The project team included Fentress Architects, Arquitectonica, West 8, Wallace Engineering, ME Engineers, Kimley-Horn, Clark Construction and Hill International. The other four finalists for the 2023 ULI award are Link at Douglas, Phase 1, Mosaico, Oasis Wynwood and The Plaza Coral Gables.

The Silver LEED-certified project transformed the Convention Center, creating 12 acres of new green space and revitalizing the Collins Canal pedestrian walkway. It is also home to $10.2 million in public art acquired by the City of Miami Beach.

To create an outdoor space, the project replaced six acres of surface parking lot with a lush tropical park. By adding 12 acres of total green space, the design increased the pervious acreage of the 25-acre campus by 245% and significantly reduced the heat island effect.

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