2015 Award Winner: Parking Structure – New

Tim Haahs-Miami Design District City View Garage, Miami, FL

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Description:

TimHaahs worked with Dacra and L Real Estate on the design of a mixed-use parking facility to serve the Miami Design District. One of the most unique characteristics of the garage design is the utilization of multiple façade architects on the project. This allowed for numerous artistic schemes to be prevalent throughout. Two internationally renowned architectural firms worked on the nearly completed City View parking garage façade designs – Leong Leong Architects and Iwamoto Scott.

The innovative master plan transformed a once-overlooked Miami neighborhood into a high-end shopping, dining and cultural destination, attracting over one hundred top retailers and countless domestic and international visitors. The City View Garage includes approximately 22,660 square feet of retail and 14,790 square feet of office space. To complement the District’s dedication to the creative experience, it provides an attractive connection between parking and the rest of the development with its vibrant facades, dramatic lighting, and ground floor retail spaces to engage the pedestrian.

The Leong Leong façade consists of a titanium-plated stainless steel shimmering wrapper, with thousands of sections cut and folded out to provide an almost 3D visualization. The Iwamoto Scott façade features a digitally-fabricated metal screen wrapping around to the side of the garage, and featuring a blue and silver gradient color pattern that complements that of the surrounding Palm Court buildings. The middle portion of the façade features a public art piece by John Baldessari. This piece showcases a highly technical artistic application which transforms the pixel from a simple ink dot into a cut out in the steel panel, providing a variation in tone and creating an image that is ambiguous up close but which becomes gradually more visible at a distance.

The garage structure was designed with post-tensioned concrete slabs, which allow the spans required to be achieved, and keep the parking decks column free while also reducing the curing time required to build such a structure. Timothy Haahs & Associates designed the North façade which is made out of pre-cast concrete panels that were quickly shipped to the site and very quickly erected. Hexagons were chosen as the preferred opening shape with a randomized pattern to provide an interesting mosaic. This façade was designed to withstand hurricane winds.

Highly visible from Miami’s I-195 interstate, the 559-space, mixed-use City View garage offers visitors their first experience to the Design District. It serves as an intriguing visual to invite passersby to come check out the area. Further, the garage provides a dynamic view from the air, featuring a rooftop mural that depicts a radar-like image of a live hurricane. The City View garage undoubtedly offers visitors an exciting “first impression” to the Design District experience. By carrying art out to parking areas, it allows an often overlooked experience within a development to instead make a significant contribution and further connect the development to the surrounding community.

The Design District is not just a “shopping center”. It is an exhilarating addition to an already vibrant and trend-setting city. The integration of art and architecture, combined with the interest and commitment of international high-end retailers and the opportunities for residential living is a special undertaking of a live/work/play experience not often successfully accomplished. Extending such a concept onto the development’s parking facilities provides visitors with a consistent interactive experience from the time they drive up to the parking garages, throughout their visit, and to the time they arrive back at their vehicle to leave. It is one of few destinations of its kind that combine the ideas of art, architecture, community, and culture together into one place, and ensures that the development is an international destination for years to come.

Project Team:

Firm Preparing Submittal
Timothy Haahs & Associates, Inc.
Contact: Rachel Powell
550 Township Line Road
Suite 100
Blue Bell, PA 19422
P: 484-342-0200
rpowell@timhaahs.com

Owner
DACRA
Contact: David Holtzman
3841 NE 2nd Avenue
Suite 400
Miami, FL 33137
P: 305-531-8700
david@dacra.com

Developer
L Real Estate Advisors
Contact: David Gester
20 Peddler Street
Suite 1602 Wheelock House
Hong Kong
P: 1-852-280-1208 6
david.gester@ldm.com.hk

Architect/Designer/Engineer
Timothy Haahs & Associates, Inc.
Contact: Javier Sanchez
550 Township Line Road
Suite100
Blue Bell, PA 19422
P: 484-342-0200
jsanchez@timhaahs.com

Parking Consultants:
Timothy Haahs & Associates, Inc.
Contact: Javier Sanchez
550 Township Line Road
Suite100
Blue Bell, PA 19422
P: 484-342-0200
jsanchez@timhaahs.com

General Contractor/Construction Manager
Coastal Construction Company
Contact: Thomas Murphy
5959 Blue Lagoon Dr.
Suite 200
Miami, FL 33126
P: 941-496-8429
tcmurphy@coastalconstruction.com

Parking Operator/Management
AmeriPark
Contact: Chip Patterson
3200 Cobb Galleria Parkway
Suite 299
Atlanta, GA 30339
P: 404-364-0342
cpatterson@ameripark.com

ParkingEquipment/Tags/Ticket Supplier/Technology Consultant
Consolidated Parking Equipment
Contact: Jerry Acosta
4440 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
Suite 1602
Coral Gables, FL 33146
P: 305-461-2770
jacosta@consolidatedparking.com

Parking Security
DACRA
Contact: David Holtzman
3841 NE 2nd Avenue
Suite 400
Miami, FL 33137
P: 305-531-8700
david@dacra.com

Owner’s Representative
DACRA
Contact: David Holtzman
3841 NE 2nd Avenue
Suite 400
Miami, FL 33137
P: 305-531-8700
david@dacra.com

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