Miami Wants To Build ‘Iconic’ Police Headquarters

The City of Miami is looking for an architect to design a new police headquarters building for a “global city.”

Only experienced architects need apply.

The new building must be iconic, state of the art, and a landmark “that is instantaneously synonymous with Miami, much like the Empire State Building is synonymous with New York City.” Miami is “committed to iconic architecture,” according to a Request For Qualifications issued last week. The Architectural/Engineering team must have experience “designing landmark facilities that are innovative and stand the test of time.”

The facilities are to include a museum and gift shop, helipad, healthy meal options, and state-of-the-art fitness/wellness rooms. The overall design should focus on officer wellness, including ample indoor light, and outdoor spaces.

A synthesis of materials are expected to be used in the design, forming an aesthetically pleasing balance of concrete, glass, wood, stone, metal, green space, and water.

A pre-proposal conference is November 28, with bids due January 9.

All Aboard Florida has previously expressed interest in bidding to develop the property.

 

 

 

 

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Anonymous

This says all you need to know about the city.

They’ll spend money on a police station but won’t spend money on public transit.

Anonymous

City of Miami has nothing to do with the public transit in the city. Blame that on the County.

Anonymous

sure it does. they could build a streetcar to wynwood from downtown.. up miami ave

Anonymous

that would be a waste of money as there is already a plan to extend the metrorail in that direction. The city should focus on creating world class parks and preventing crime in downtown. Let the county worry about those capital extensive projects as it should. The city of miami has bigger issues within its city limits that it needs to worry about.

But, as always the City should be advocating for and partnering on public transit. Just not the sole provider of public transit projects.

Anonymous

Yet somehow spending hundreds of millions for a police office building is a priority?

Anonymous II

Both responses are incorrect re public transit. The city of Miami operates public transit in the form of multiple trolley routes within the city. These trolleys are funded from a portion the 1/2 penny sales surtax….via PTP (Peoples Transportation Plan) Of the total amount collected each year, about 30 Miami-Dade municipalities receive 20% than can be spent on eligible public transit and transportation projects. The county operates about 90 bus routes throughout. MetroRail and MetroMover are run by the County.

Anonymouse

Spot effing on.

Actually Read

Prefer my tax dollars not go to building police a museum or state of the art gym.

Anonymous

I vote for a state of the Arts for the force that protects us.
Thank you all for your job and risking your life every day for a safer city

suomynona

If they can get a new MPD HQ built in an iconic building that developers are actually bidding to create, that’s a good thing. If someone like FEC wants to build a tower and put the PD HQ in it, let them. Do some sort of long term lease. It won’t cost the city much if done right.

GBA

Agreed. 100% right.

Anonymous

Agreed. A Police station and courthouse combo would be great, especially if it anchored the end of the train terminus as a supertall.

suomynona

That’s a really intriguing idea. But the developer still needs to make a profit/generate revenue on the deal, and I think a combo might make that much more difficult. No?

suomynona

Excuse me, if it’s a supertall then it would likely have enough square footage. But I don’t believe that part of downtown is allowed to build that high.

GBA

You’d have to get the County and the City to enter into an agreement with said developer. The developer’s “cost” of doing business with both will be high.

Anonymous

Something modern and fresh would be nice. Along the lines like the new LAPD headquarters would be sweet.

bitg

the optimist in me is excited and cannot wait to see what designs come about.
the pessimist in me knows full well that any and all proposals will be severely over budget, and, in the end, the police will get a vastly watered down version.

Anonymous

Com’on now…they can write all the gibber jab they want, you know and we all know that in the end, they will as usual go with something designed by Arquitectonica.

Anonymous

Love the current brutalist building.

Anonymous

Me to.

Anonymous

Build a giant doughnut with a sophisticated lighting scheme to resemble sprinkles.

Anonymous

That brutalist is brutal to watch.

Anonymous

after they messed up the courthouse plans and downgraded and took a dump…typical Miami

Save our parks

Please. Do not build a Police HQ in a park. Do not covet land currently covered in grass and used by children. Please keep the budget at $20 Million, NOT $120 Million. Taxpayers are fed up.

Anonymous

Let’s change over their police car fleet to 7-Series BMWs too while we’re at it…….no care for the taxpayer’s dollar here

Anonymous

How about a transportation system fit for a global city?

Anonymous

Give it up dude, you sound like a stuck record talking a “transportation system” constantly.

Anonymous

a gift shop ??!!!!! don’t they collect enough revenue >?????!!!

Anonymous

after posting bail you’ll be required to exit through the gift shop

Anonymous

Where most will shop lift and end up back in jail. It’s a cycle people!!!

Anonymous

I’d rather see money go towards the courthouse rather than the police station…Let’s see which one gets built…

Anonymous

Hey, why can’t we have two– two for the price of one‽

Anonymous

Plans to include a statue of a kneeling Colin Kaepernick

Anonymous

Would you rather a statue of Kaepernick kneeling and shooting at the cops?

Anonymous

I’m calling it now, Arquitectonica will somehow end up with the bid…

aceraroja

Yeah idk, that building is pretty iconic. It’s a magnificent representation of tropical brutalism and it would be a shame to lose it.

Anonymous

Never heard of “Tropical Brutalism” but I like it. Kudos to you if you made it up. It’s like mashing up the tropical beauty here with the cold hard unfinished concrete of no BS architecture.

Anonymous

Yeah, anti-development people like to appeal to preservationists to get ugly and/or nondescript buildings saved with buzzword architectural types pulled out of ones’s ass. It happened with the Miami Herald Building, North Beach, and existing historic districts where people are concerned about McMansions instead of proportional architecture in the style of the contributing properties replacing crappy 1950s and 1960s ranch houses. Meanwhile, unprotected and true historic properties from the 1920s in Little Havana/Riverside, Shenandoah, and Edgewater are destroyed left and right for concrete boxes and cheap and nasty multifamily buildings.

aceraroja

Nothing about the police hq is nondescript. If you don’t appreciate modernism, fine, but many people do and this building is a fine example of it. I’m with you 100% on the ancient stuff in Little Havana and beyond, they need to go HARD preserving it now before it gets erased forever.

aceraroja

Not my term at all! It’s a real thing.

Anonymous

The facilities are to include a museum and gift shop, helipad, healthy meal options, and state-of-the-art fitness/wellness rooms. The overall design should focus on officer wellness, including ample indoor light, and outdoor spaces. ****state of the art fitness/wellness rooms ??!!!! ever see how fat most cops are !!???

Anonymous

“??!!!! ever see how fat most cops are !!???”

Exactly why they need to focus on officer wellness.

Anonymous

get them a la fitness membership.

Anonymous

bring in a SOLOFLEX

marc

Keep them out of Versailles

Anonymous

Poor guys. With all the money they make they still can’t afford a “healthy meal.”

I guess that’s why they’re constantly eating donuts.

wait

This is a highly ignorant comment considering the meager pay they receive while putting their lives on the line for our well-being.

Anonymous

Well, I guess that’s why they’re eating meager donuts!

Like Trump said, “they knew what they signed up for.”

John

A train that connects downtown to south beach is much more important than this. Bring the orange line to south beach. And this will be a game changer. A train that takes you from Miami international into south beach. Extentend the orange line to the 5th of Washington at least. Do it.

Anonymous

Don’t with everyone ,…. This will require 50 years of studies….!!!!!!

Anonymous

Worry…

Anonymous

I’d rather see an iconic new courthouse, with a consolidated city hall taking the historic former space. Move the police HQ to the block with the Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse across the street.

Anonymous

they NEED a new station

Anonymous

About time. the more modern surrounding buildings make this one so dated. Hope the final design is nice.

Danny Costa

Can’t wait to see this! New police HQ long overdue.