Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross’s Related Companies and Swire Properties are quickly moving through the approval process on design changes for the One Brickell City Centre supertall tower, less than two months after announcing a partnership to develop the tower.
In March, Related and Swire announced they would begin construction on the supertall in 2023.
Now, changes to the design guidelines have been submitted for review by Miami’s Planning, Zoning & Appeals Board.
If the board approves, the supertall will be getting bulkier, with a larger footprint and floorplates.
The tower is still planned to top off at 1,049 feet, and Arquitectonica appears to still be the architect.
According to a text of the proposal, the alternate design is being called the “One BCC Signature Office.”
The changes are being demanded by large financial and tech companies, the proposal says:
Based on the global changes to market conditions following the COVID-19 pandemic, redevelopment of the One BCC block may also proceed in a different configuration to attract premier office tenants (“One BCC Signature Office”). These market changes are precipitated by an inflow of new residents and businesses to Miami, primarily from urban areas in the Northeast U.S. and California. The resulting increase in investment activity has generated office space interest particularly from significant, global financial service and technology companies that do not traditionally have a presence in south Florida. The SAP allows for larger tower floorplates in a One BCC Signature Office design that will create opportunities for the types of workspaces, these office tenants demand. Such attributes include increased visibility, flexibility, efficiency, volumetric space, and strategic co-location.
Previously, the maximum floorplate was 30,000 square feet. Under the proposal, the maximum floorplate will range from 40,000 to 60,000 square feet:
In a One BCC Signature Office design, the following additional tower flexibilities may be permitted by process of SAP Permit, so long as the Building does not exceed 2,850,000 square feet of total Floor Area:
•40,000 square feet maximum Floorplate size for Office and Commercial Uses with a maximum length of 250 feet, on all tower Stories except:
60,000 square feet maximum Floorplate size for Office Uses for the first 100 feet of the tower above the maximum Height of the Pedestal, with a maximum Floorplate length of 350 feet.
Other changes include the possibility of an above grade pedestrian connection over the Metromover station, with no setback and encroaching into the right-of-way. There are also changes to the ground level parking and loading guidelines.
Miami’s Planning Department is recommending approval of the proposed changes. The Planning, Zoning & Appeals Board hearing is scheduled for June 1.
An earlier rendering of One Brickell City Centre. The new design would have larger floorplates and a larger footprint: