Covin and Oppenheim Reviving Bid For MDC Property On Biscayne Boulevard

Developer Gregg Covin and architect Chad Oppenheim are bringing back their proposal from last decade to build a futuristic tower on Miami Dade College’s land at 520 Biscayne Boulevard.

Covin and Oppenheim had previously teamed to bid on the property in 2007, but Miami Dade eventually cancelled the RFP. With the college now accepting proposals again, the pair have decided to move forward with another bid.

To accommodate the latest RFP, Covin and Oppenheim will be tweaking the original design. Classrooms and an arts center from the previous proposal are being removed and replaced with a museum, theater and conference center.

Covin is currently developing One Thousand Museum, designed by Zaha Hadid. Chad Oppenheim was the architect behind Covin’s Ten Museum Park condo tower on Biscyane Boulevard, which opened in 2007.

Related Group is also said to be preparing a proposal, and Gary Nader has already submitted his plan for a Latin American Art Museum and condo towers on the site.


From Covin:

Chad Oppenheim and I are going to be submitting our project to MDC.

We feel that the unsolicited Nader proposal, with its two giant condo towers is grossly inappropriate for the Miami Dade College campus.

Our mixed use project features an iconic design that will create an academic atmosphere to rival the great urban campuses such as NYU. In addition to constructing the College’s desired theater, conference center and museum, we will be providing the College with a world class university-level athletic and aquatic complex with wellness/fitness center, indoor basketball gym and Olympic pools. This will create a true center of campus life and activity. Our project will focus on flex housing and affordable housing for students and faculty, as well as commercial and office space that is appropriate for a college campus setting. We will also be including a small hotel component to compliment the many programs and activities of the College.

We intend to create a new centerpiece that puts MDC on the world stage as one of the largest institutions of higher learning in the nation, here in our global City. It will be a project that celebrates the Freedom Tower and the incredible Collegiate urban campus, rather than the other proposals which seem to be land grabs in a vain attempt to pre sell luxury condos on a college campus.


The new proposal looks identical to the one submitted by the team years ago:


(images: DBOX, Inc. on behalf of Oppenheim Architecture + Design)


section from last proposal: