Conversion Of Former INS Building Into A Hilton Garden Inn Is Planned

Architecture firm Stantec is working on plans to convert the former INS building at 79th and Biscayne into a hotel and apartment complex:

Miami, FL (April 19, 2016) – The former U.S. Immigration Naturalization Service (INS) 12-story building in Miami will be redesigned by the architecture and design firm Stantec and converted to a 139-key Hilton Garden Inn. The hotel is part of the mixed-use development project Triton Center that will also include three residential buildings, with a combined total of 325 apartments. Located at 7880 Biscayne Blvd, Triton Center will become the epicenter of the upper Biscayne Boulevard area, which is just north of Miami’s famous MiMo District that’s also seeing a revitalization.

Owned by real estate developer Florida Fullview Immigration Building, LLC, the 722,000 sf development will also feature 17,000 sf of ground-level retail and 585 indoor parking spaces. A 20-foot pedestrian passage within a city plaza-like environment between the residential buildings and hotel complexes will be added. Each building will have its own pool and fitness center. Lush landscape and shading trees will surround street level retail and food outlets.

Stantec will continue the building’s vanguard spirit; integrating white stucco and metal panels highlighted with bright Miami accent colors and glass curtain walls. The project is expected to achieve LEED Silver certification.

Originally built in the 1960s as the Gulf American, the building was recognized as a vanguard, mid-century modern tower with distinctive anodized aluminum sunscreens and tall transparent glass curtain walls spilling out to the street at its base. INS moved into the building in 1983 and vacated in 2008.

Stantec, a recognized national leader in architecture and design, is working on other prominent residential projects throughout Florida, including the Ritz-Carlton Residences in Miami Beach; Jade Signature in Sunny Isles; Luma at Miami Worldcenter; Solitair Residences in Brickell; and 330 Third Street in Downtown St. Petersburg.