Brickell City Centre

Brickell City Centre

an impressive feat and ecologically sound!

United States
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  • The Brickell City Centre multi-use property development project, with its total surface area of 502,000 m2 in the Miami business district, is remarkable for both its size and quality. The unique project includes a luxury shopping centre, two residential buildings, a 263-room hotel with 89 serviced apartments, a spa, and an office tower block.

  • “It was important to us to choose a team of professionals that could offer the most competitive timeframe possible, and meet Swire Properties’ strict requirements for Brickell City Centre,” confirms Christopher Gandolfo, Vice-President for Development at Swire Properties. “We are certain that the team of John Moriarty & Associates and Americabe, that brings together the best resources in two highly-respected companies, created a project that will redefine urban quality of life in Miami for decades to come.” 

  • The complex is fitted with a ‘climate ribbon®’ made from a steel, fabric, and glass trellis that links the buildings and covers 14,000 m² of the exterior shopping area. The aim of this system is to regulate air circulation and optimise temperature for users.

  • The property development project — the largest carried out in Florida in 2014 — is the first multi-use complex to be awarded the LEED® Neighborhood Development certification for eco-neighbourhoods. This certification is undeniably down to Swire Properties’ world first innovation — the Climate Ribbon®.

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  1. 1
    Context
  2. 2
    Testimony
  3. 3
    Ambitions
  4. 4
    Innovation
  5. 5
    Video
  • The Brickell City Centre multi-use property development project, with its total surface area of 502,000 m2 in the Miami business district, is remarkable for both its size and quality. The unique project includes a luxury shopping centre, two residential buildings, a 263-room hotel with 89 serviced apartments, a spa, and an office tower block.

  • “It was important to us to choose a team of professionals that could offer the most competitive timeframe possible, and meet Swire Properties’ strict requirements for Brickell City Centre,” confirms Christopher Gandolfo, Vice-President for Development at Swire Properties. “We are certain that the team of John Moriarty & Associates and Americabe, that brings together the best resources in two highly-respected companies, created a project that will redefine urban quality of life in Miami for decades to come.” 

  • The complex is fitted with a ‘climate ribbon®’ made from a steel, fabric, and glass trellis that links the buildings and covers 14,000 m² of the exterior shopping area. The aim of this system is to regulate air circulation and optimise temperature for users.

  • The property development project — the largest carried out in Florida in 2014 — is the first multi-use complex to be awarded the LEED® Neighborhood Development certification for eco-neighbourhoods. This certification is undeniably down to Swire Properties’ world first innovation — the Climate Ribbon®.

Brickell City CentreThe Climate Ribbon®

The preferred option for this project was an innovative solution based on natural air conditioning, which is more environmentally friendly. It is a metal structure with a glass cover and steel sun breaker strips that cools the air without needing an air conditioning system. Each strip has a particular design and orientation to provide as much shade as possible and to ensure air circulation. More specifically, the Climate Ribbon® is a canopy that extends from one building to another, protecting the people walking through from the elements and directing the fresh breeze from the Caribbean through the buildings. The eco-neighbourhood is one of the largest LEED® Gold certified projects in America in the neighbourhood development category.

Brickell City CentreA new technological ally

In spring 2014, Bouygues Construction embarked on a new phase by signing a partnership with the American company Skycatch, which markets drones used for monitoring construction sites and buildings. The system functions completely independently and is used to record panoramic 3D images in flight and transport heavy loads. An initial road-test was carried out at the Brickell City Centre construction site in Miami in June 2014. The drone flew over the construction site for four days and transmitted the data collected. "This operation allowed us to instantly compare the theoretical 4D site model and the actual site in 4D, which meant that we could reorganise the works schedule,” explains Louis Brais, Project Director. "The aim of these trials is to assess how we can capitalise on the depth and wealth of data collected by the drone,” clarified Magdalena Pyszkowska, Head of R&D Projects at Bouygues Bâtiment International.

The ultimate aim is to integrate all data collected by the drone into the digital model so that it can be shared with all project stakeholders (methods, works, clients, partners, etc.) instantly.

Brickell City CentreA desire to create long-term activity

Since 2008, Bouygues Construction’s business presence has grown in North America through its involvement in major equipment and infrastructure projects. “Signing this contract was a significant success for Bouygues Construction, and a good omen for new commercial prospects in the Miami region. It strengthens the Group’s development strategy for the US and its ability to position itself in complex projects with significant added value, where the company can bring all of its expertise to the table,” adds Olivier-Marie Racine, CEO of Bouygues Bâtiment International. This contract is the second won by Bouygues Construction in Miami. The company previously delivered an underwater road tunnel for access to the city’s port in a 35-year PPP.

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