Miami Dade College Committee Ranks Related Proposal Highest

A Miami Dade College Evaluation Committee decided on a ranking today of four proposals to develop 520 Biscayne, according to The Real Deal editor Ina Cordle.

The weighted scores are:

  • Related Group/Arquitectonica – 470
  • Nader Latin American Art Museum/Fernando Romero – 440
  • Gregg Covin/Chad Oppenheim – 405
  • Pi Art Tech/Richter Dahl Rocha – 330

The college will now begin negotiations with the two top bidders, Related and Nader.

Pi Art Tech has been eliminated altogether, while Covin/Oppenheim is being retained as a backup.

Update: Gary Nader released a statement saying that he is excited to be one of the two finalists: “We congratulate MDC on taking the next step towards this imperative project for the city and look forward to starting negotiations.”

 

 

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Anonymous
5 years ago

Ridiculous. Anything but related and what wins…

Pi was the best and they came last.

suomynona
5 years ago

Did Related’s proposal even meet the minimum square footage required for the museum as requested by MDC?

Anonymous
5 years ago

How much did you pay under the table Mr. Perez?
This is the most boring, mundane design from the pack.
No hope Miami!!!!

Anonymous
5 years ago

We really need to protest against this nonsense.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Miami cronyism at it’s best. Padron and Perez are compadres joined at the hip like Siamese twins. Nevermind that it has been voted here and elsewhere as the least worthy of all four proposals. I smell a rat.

Anonymous
5 years ago

I ALREADY KNEW THIS WAS GOING TO HAPPEN! PI ART WAS JUST TO GOOD TO BE TRUE! LIKE EVERY PROPOSAL MIAMI HAS EVER HAD THAT WAS TO GOOD TO BE TRUE NEVER HAPPENED. IF IT DID HAPPEN IT WAS SO SCALED BACK IT REALLY WASN”T A POINT TO EVEN BUILD IT. OUR ONE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE SOMETHING EVEN CLOSE TO SOME OTHER CITIES WE FAILED! NOW WE GET THIS CRAP WHICH I CAN ALMOST GUARANTEE WILL BE SCALED BACK. THE NEW DESIGN WILL BE A SMALLER PROJECT WITH TWO SQUARE ASS BUILDINGS.

Luis Herrera
5 years ago

Pleaseeeeeee, choose Nader, we don’t need another Related/Arquitectonica building in Miami.

marc
5 years ago

wow! How not surprising.

bitg
5 years ago

i’d rather have a surface parking lot for the next 20 years that have either of their supposed “top 2” top proceed

Anonymous
5 years ago

Well, honestyly, this was the worst of the 4 but let’s not take it that far.
I rather see a 2 story apartment building than a surface parking lot.
Only in America we have to deal with horrific parking lots everywhere.
They should be banned!

Anonymous
5 years ago

There was a chance to make a transformational change, MDC didn’t do that.

snoɯʎuou∀
5 years ago

It was rigged from the beginning

Anonymous
5 years ago

You already know some shady backdoor deals were done by related for them to win. SMH.

Marc305
5 years ago

I thought I was going to be one of the few people who did not like this design but after reading all the comments so far I guess I am in the majority. I can only hope that something will happen and number 2 (Nader) will get this project instead. SMH.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Shocker, Related is ranked #1.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Of course they picked Related. What a terrible and ugly project. Can’t say I’m surprised though.

Smh.

Anonymous
5 years ago

BULLETIN : The ACME Corporation ( aka as RELATED ) presents Wilie Coyote ( Perez ) chasing The Road Runner ( Padron ) in a new Looney Tunes farce with a hint of nepotism, hubris, cronyism, and back room intrigue in a comedy of errors for the City of Miami.

Anonymous
5 years ago

I hope they choose Nader Latin American Art Museum/Fernando Romero. Here’s their stunning video presentation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwvyGSL3Jaw

Anonymous
5 years ago

Tell Arquitectonica to keep pressing a 3d design program key that scrambles this wretched mess until it looks a little better.

Anonymous
5 years ago

So tired of this BS

Anonymous
5 years ago

A great chance to showcase the Miami skyline with a world-class building and they choose the least attractive building by far. I think that the Pi building was the best option and would provide a “Singapore” like addition the the skyline, but to no avail. Just another Related looking structure dotting Miami’s skyline. Unfortunate.

Polo
5 years ago

Some body got paid under the table for selecting by far the worst architectural proposal. What a shame the most talented architectural proposals got bypassed by a technicality.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Who are the members of this MDC committee??? Why did they waste so many talented designers and architects’ time putting together some very brilliant drawings, ideas and presentations to come to the realization that Related already had the job. The presentation looks exactly like that – summit anything because we got the job anyway. Shame on you Padron.

VidaEsParaiso
5 years ago

WHAT!! I am a Related fan and even I am shocked. I thought Pi and then Nader had the best designs. whoa nelly! Would’ve loved to the see the Pi project come to fruition.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Related and Architechtonica had the worst of all the presentations. Pi art tech and trade center was the best one out of the 4 bidders( that was so obvious). This is why we can’t have nice or iconic things in Miami. But to settle for cereal box looking buildings. I’m hoping PMG’s new 1000 + foot tower – which for sure will be beautiful shadows the cereal boxes and horrible work that is Architechtonica and Related. This is outright ridiculous. I’m done.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Was hoping for a 1000 footer. That said, what are the odds that Nader wins?

Anonymous
5 years ago

I shouldn’t have let myself get excited about Pi. If only they found another lot to build this on.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Want to believe that Nader’s proposal still has a chance, but have a feeling the backdoor will hit me on the head.

Anonymous
5 years ago

This is pitiful. Obviously Architectonica is designing buildings without looking at its surroundings. The only project that really enhanced and aesthetically contributed was the Pi structure. The Freedom Tower never looked so puny next to another couple of square structures from Related!

MrDreTheOne
5 years ago

Folks, the problem is not Related, its their discounted value architect of choice: Architectonica. I’m sure the potential savings of a classic Architectonica budget design are very attractive to MDC indeed. I really hope Nader brings it home during negotiations.

David
5 years ago

Can people do something to prevent this? this building would be OK somewhere far from Biscayne blvd, but that site should be used for some ionic landmark. This design is garbage in my personal opinion. We should send all these comments to Architectonica, Related, MDC, Padron and that Perez guy.

Ricky
5 years ago

I have a feeling that some of the Related and Architechtonica employees are on here giving a negative thumbs down to all the comments that are against them. I don’t think we can do anything to prevent this as they are going to do whatever they want. The design is garbage I agree. It would of been relevant if we were still in the mid 1980’s and Miami Vice was still airing but in 2016 where cities in the Middle East and Asia are setting the examples of how towers are suppose to look architectural wise. This is just very sad and being in a prime location makes it even sadder. We can only hope now that developers like PMG and others that ” get it ” will come up with something Iconic nearby to shadow this. On the other hand, I like the Nader design and still hoping that it wins the bid because it looks decent. Nader said he is really fighting for it, so we shall see. I expect this comment of mine will get dumbs down because the cheating competitor never plays fair. So it’s ok. I rather it get two thumbs down for having an opinion than have it be deleted and my opinion suppressed.

Amy
5 years ago

I was really hoping for the Pi art tech tower so that our skyline can finally compete with beautiful towers all over Asia and elsewhere. I really hope the architects and developers of the Pi art tech and trade tower can find a good lot and build that beautiful structure anyway. It be a damn shame if it doesn’t.

Moving on, I really hope Nader wins this one. Which so happens to be the next best design in my opinion. I do not want to be looking at those Related curved cereal boxes from my balcony in Marina Blue.

Anonymous
5 years ago

What’s the deal for this next part. By “negotiations” is it whoever will build for cheaper or donate the most to MDC?

Anonymous
5 years ago

All about the Benji’s $$ Mi Jente.. Let it go!