‘Crazy’ Cheap Bid Ranks Highest In Three-Way Battle To Build New Downtown Miami Courthouse Tower

A Miami-Dade committee has issued a ranking of the top three proposals to build a new downtown Miami court tower, according to Law.com – and the cheapest bid by far was also ranked highest.

The top-ranked bid was far less expensive than the others.  A proposal from a group known as Plenary Justice Miami LLC ranked highest, and was said to cost around 20% less than other bids.

Miami-Dade’s ranking system is based heavily on cost.

City of Miami commissioners have previously criticized the county for building some of the ugliest buildings in the downtown area – in part caused by the county’s emphasis on getting the cheapest bid possible. Norwegian Cruise Lines also faced a similar issue last year when the county handled bidding for its PortMiami cruise terminal, forcing NCL to take over the process for themselves.

The construction contractor for the Plenary bid is Tutor Perini, which has also had issues. The company was fired by Tibor Hollo from the 85-story Panorama Tower project mid-construction, and Broward County says the contractor has not completed its courthouse project properly in Fort Lauderdale.

HOK is the architect in the Plenary bid.

A competing bidder called Plenary’s price “crazy,” claiming it would lead to an inferior building.

A Plenary spokesperson denied their building would be inferior, saying it would be “innovative, modern and highly functional.”

The actual proposals have not yet been released to the public.

The county commission will make a final decision based on the committee’s ranking, expected at a meeting to be held in November.

 

 

The old courthouse, soon to be replaced:

 

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marc

This has disaster written all over it. The usual.

Dan The Man

Maybe some interior renovation would be okay but a whole new tower is not really needed. That money can go somewhere else and plus this is a piece of history architecturally. 🙂

Anonymous

agreed… I think they could also build an extension with an underground tunnel linking the two buildings together.

RustyTRUMPet

LOlz. When is the last time you have been in that dump?!

Anonymous

Game plan to win County bid = Lowball the crap out out of it and later double it on redesigns, “unforeseen changes”, etc. Meanwhile I’ll keep busy trying to see which county officials are related to the bidder in some way or another.

Anonymous

Hey, don’t spoil it for the rest of us Contractors.

Anonymous

Kill the project. The Voters said no and the County has better use of a 1 billion dollars.

Anonymous

“Sorry, but you never said anything about wanting to have windows in this building. Windows will be extra!”

Anonymous

Our original proposal only included one elevator which will stop every three floors. So, here is the $450000 Change Orde for every single elevator you want to add, plus an additional $7000000 if you want them to stop at every floor.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

“oh you want bathrooms too? Well, that’s going to cost you…”

Anonymous

there is literally nothing wrong with the current courthouse tower. wtf

Anonymous

Other than the fact that it is way too small and infested with mold and asbestos yes you are correct.

Anonymous

too small due to the increasing criminalization of the public.

Anonymous

Have you been there lately?

Anonymous

Agree, it was just recently renovated.

Anonymous

it was just recently renovated? Why are they even questioning building a new courthouse? UGh!

Anonymous

They need more courtrooms, modern amenities and a facility designed with security in mind. The current building is a gem, but obsolete for its function. Rumor has it there might be an RFP to convert to a hotel.

RustyTRUMPet

No it wasnt! Deaf leading the blind here. You guys are pathetic!

RustyTRUMPet

Really? You are totally misinformed. Please enlighten me, when was the last time you were there? It is a mess!

Anonymous

To those commenting that our current civil courthouse is fine as is and/or it was just renovated, I seriously doubt you are in and out of that building on any sort of regular basis. Anyone who is can see clearly that it is woefully outdated, undersized, and awkwardly configured (most of it was not originally designed as a courthouse). As a practicing attorney, I can appreciate the history and legacy of the building, but functionally, its time has long passed. The “renovation” people speak of was, for the most part, due to emergency repairs that were required due to repeated flooding, mold, etc. They have put a superficial coat of paint and new carpet/lighting on some (but not all) of the floors (the upper floors are still locked off from public use due to mold), but the 1920s skeleton of the building prevents wholesale reorganizing of the courtrooms to try to make more space. It is time we have a a next-gen courthouse for what is one of the largest judicial circuits in the country and I am excited for what’s to come.

RustyTRUMPet

Thank you, Sir!

KING KONG

TO COMMISIONERS: LO BARATO SALE CARO!!!

Anonymous

they are only cheap for somethings…NOT their individual office furniture for sure.

Anonymous

“Plenary Justice Miami LLC” aka Gimenez’s butt buddies who proposed a nondescript half-assed building tacked onto the childrens courthhouse along a backstreet and had ties to MCM.

Anonymous

why is the city okay with erasing history?

Anonymous

It’s not being demolished, but depending on what the next courthhouse looks like, it would be insulting history with the juxaposition.

Anonymous

With a little creativity, it would make an awesome grand hotel, while maintaining the basic architecture. It is no longer suitable as a courthouse. Way too small and cramped, outdated with mold everywhere. Again Miami will opt for the cheapest solution. Sad!

Anon

It is unbelievable how may people choose to comment on things they have absolutely no idea of or about. Unless you were directly involved in the rankings, you should just keep your mouths shut until the county releases all the proposals.

Anonymous

that’s what we do here ! are you new ?! lolol

Anonymous

LOL

Anonymous

Because we see how well going with the cheapest option for Flagler St went… You get what you pay for.

Anonymous

Sounds a lot like the sore losers are upset they couldn’t rip off Miami Dade county as they have in the past