Plans for the former INS building at 79th and Biscayne, now set to become part of the EB-5 immigrant scheme, have been tweaked:
Miami, FL (August 6, 2014) – Architecture and design firm ADD Inc has been retained by real estate developer Florida Fullview Immigration Building, LLC to undertake the adaptive reuse of one of Miami’s most iconic buildings, the former U.S. Immigration Naturalization Service (INS), located at 7880 Biscayne Boulevard. The new 722,000 square feet residential, mixed-use development named Triton Center will include 317 condo units, 135 key hotel rooms, a rooftop restaurant, 24,000 square feet of ground-level retail and 587 parking spaces.
“We are very excited to lend our expertise and vision to one of Miami’s most well-known and symbolic buildings. We believe that Triton Center will be the cornerstone of a true renaissance in the Upper Biscayne Boulevard area,” stated Jonathan Cardello, Principal and Managing Partner of ADD Inc in Miami, who is the lead architect on the project. “The additional commercial space and retail gives residents a place to live, shop and play, bringing a new vitality and sense of community to this part of the city.”
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.
ADD Inc will continue the building’s vanguard spirit, integrating white stucco and metal panels highlighted with bright Miami accent colors and glass curtain walls. A pedestrian passage within a city plaza-like environment between the condominium and hotel complexes will be added. Each building will have its own pool and fitness center and the hotel will feature a12th story rooftop restaurant with views of Biscayne Bay, Downtown Miami and the Gold Coast to the north. Lush landscape and shading trees will surround street level retail and food outlets. The project will be LEED Silver certified.