The project, master planned on a ten-city block site on the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine campus, is located adjacent to Miami’s Health District and near the intersection of major arteries Interstate 95 and State Route 836. Moreover, the project, as a vital hub for technology and business development, builds on the City’s role as a portal to foreign companies seeking a foothold in the United States (U.S.) and U.S. firms pursuing an overseas presence.
The UMLSTP master plan calls for up to 2.0 million square feet of laboratory, office, and retail space in five research and development buildings. The plan is flexible, allowing for incremental development of increasingly larger buildings (from 252,800 square feet to 435,000 square feet) and a mix of uses as the market dictates. The master plan’s first phase, Research + Development Building 1 (RD1), is a 252,800-square-foot, six-story laboratory / office building. Designed to support and grow the “Knowledge Based Community” that emerges from a successful University sponsored research park, RD1 and the future phases are a kind of life science and technology accelerator, designed to help early-stage and mature companies commercialize discovery from research at UM and other Universities that will impact the lives of people around the world. Ultimately including a mix of commercial, retail, hotel, and residential uses, the UMLSTP will bring together scientists, researchers, clinicians, and business leaders in an environment meant to create the feel of an academic quad—a place of casual and organized intellectual interaction, and of sharing of knowledge and discovery.
Architect: ZGF Architects LLP
Location: Miami, Florida, USA
Developer: Wexford Equities
Landscape Architect: Arquitectonicageo
M/E/P Engineer: Ballinger
Structural Engineer: DDA Engineers
Civil Engineer: PBSJ
Construction Manager: The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of ZGF Architects