‘Rocket Fuel’ For Miami: Microsoft Signs Office Lease At Under-Construction 830 Brickell Tower

Microsoft has announced plans to open offices at the under construction 830 Brickell tower across from Brickell City Centre.

The announcement is “rocket fuel” for Miami’s growth as a tech hub, Miami commissioner and Downtown Development Authority Chairman Manolo Reyes said in a statement. The offices are expected to become a magnet for other tech firms and the businesses that serve them, he said.

Microsoft’s newly signed a lease is for a total of 50,000 square feet of office space.

The new Brickell space will be home to the Microsoft Latin America regional hub. It will also support other Microsoft businesses, uniting employees across multiple locations, Microsoft Vice President Mariana Castro said in a LinkedIn post.

830 Brickell is a new Class A+ office tower under development by OKO Group and Cain International.

The 55-story, 640,000 square foot tower is being designed by renowned architecture firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill. It will become the first stand-alone Class A office building developed in Brickell in more than a decade upon its completion in 2022.

OKO Group and Cain International were represented by the Cushman & Wakefield team of Brian Gale, Ryan Holtzman and Andrew Trench. Microsoft was represented by Alexander Brown, Executive Vice President with Colliers International.

 

830 Brickell under construction last week:

(photos: Maxwell Franklin)

 

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Anonymous
17 days ago

This is great news and hopefully soon we’ll all be ready for Miami to start winning office space from companies like Microsoft for their normal offices, not just their Latin American operations.

Anonymous
17 days ago

We will need better schools for that, but hopefully these companies will invest in our schools. Until then the best thing we have going is a friendly business environment and our prominence to Latin America

Anonymous
16 days ago

For better schools, you need smarter people running the schools, and I don’t mean more crappy charter schools and throwing money at the public education system which disappears in the hands of the “teacher’s” unions and pseudo-career politician school boards.

Anonymous
16 days ago

We’ll specifically I was talking about better universities, but yes we need better k-12 schools as well, which would certainly require a better school board. No reason we shouldn’t believe Miami can accomplish that right lololol

Realtalk Reilly
16 days ago

I believe the word you were looking for was proximity, not prominence. You’re right, we need better schools.

Anonymous
16 days ago

As long as they don’t choose Doral
Bring them home

Anonymous
16 days ago

You mean like banks???

Anonymous
17 days ago

The rumors were true!

Anonymous
17 days ago

This makes it official.

Anonymous
17 days ago

Those SLS Lux views…

Anonymous
17 days ago

WAAAAHHHHH!!!!

There, I hope that can suffice.

Anonymous
17 days ago

Move downtown for views..for now

Anonymous
17 days ago

They (should’ve been) aware.

Anonymous
16 days ago

Views are still gorgeous.

Anonymous
17 days ago

I don’t live in SLS Lux for the views, although the pool on the 59th floor does have some great views. You would have to be thick headed to think that non-waterfront property in an urban environment wouldn’t be urban.

Anonymous
17 days ago

But, I should be able to live in a fifty story tall building surrounded by a sea of fifty story tall buildings and still have a view!

lol…

Anonymous
16 days ago

Move to edgewater for unrestricted guaranteed for life views.

Anonymous
17 days ago

Sweet, we cant let the residential boom go without increasing our office/workforce.

Anonymous
17 days ago

“The new Brickell space will be home to the Microsoft Latin America regional hub. It will also support other Microsoft businesses, uniting employees across multiple locations”

So how many of these positions are new? None? Some? It sounds like they’re just consolidating south florida locations into one centralized hub. Great news for Brickell’s development as a downtown core, but not much news here if none of the positions represent growth for the market.

Anonymous
17 days ago

It is a 50,000 sq ft lease of a Fortune 500 tech company in a 600,000 sq ft class A building. It is newsworthy.

Anonymous
17 days ago

Microsoft was already leasing space at WeWork Brickell…so I think they are expanding Miami – Latin America operations.

Anonymous
17 days ago

Excellent news for Miami. The naysayer comments on this site are consistently being proven wrong.

Anonymous
17 days ago

We love to see it

Dale
17 days ago

(The real) Microsoft signed a lease for 523,000 square feet of office space in Atlanta. We get a 50,000 square feet relocation of an existing office from Broward. For a Latin American subsidiary- which will require Spanish speaking for ALL jobs. This is a basket for sure but not quite a slam dunk.

Microsoft also announced that most employees can work from home indefinitely- so what do we really gain here beyond a name? Is Miami cool with just being the best place to open a Latin America office? Or should we recognize that we still have a long way to go to play with the big dogs? Honest questions for you all. What do you think?

Anonymous
17 days ago

From a Sales/Biz Dev perspective, Miami will clearly be a go-to location for businesses with significant L.A. businesses. The key is whether the business-friendly, tax-friendly environment will drive start-up activity outside tourism and hospitality. It takes longer to grow this way, versus having behemoth Fortune 50 companies move in, but it provides more vibrancy and long-term opportunity. The exceptionally poor governance in NY, CA and IL is the rocket-fuel.

Anonymous
16 days ago

Really, I though it was Louisiana, Alabama, Texas, Florida, Mississippi, Georgia, etc.

Anonymous
16 days ago

“The exceptionally poor governance in NY, CA”

Lol.. states that have been industrial powerhouses during the time Florida was only considered a tourist and retirement state.

Anonymous
17 days ago

It is good news.
So what if they have bigger spaces in those other bigger metros.
So what if people work from home.

Miami is an exceptional place to live no matter what you do, if that is the perspective that you take. I do.

Anonymous
16 days ago

Don’t forget about the Microsoft campus, they supposed to be builting in Atlanta

Anonymous
17 days ago

Why is that “rocket fuel”?…I guess it might be vs a small tech base but Microsoft is leasing 50,000 square feet. To put that in perspective, they have leased i
More than 400,000 square feet in DC/NoVa; Amazon has leased more than 2 Million square feet there….as Mr Wolf would say, lets not start sucking each other off just yet.

Anonymous
17 days ago

You are comparing the business sector in DC/No Va to Miami ?

Anonymous
16 days ago

Yes…don’t get overexcited….might be a big deal for Miami based off of a small base but in retrospect Miami will be the next….Miami—not Seattle, not Austin, etc.

Anonymous
16 days ago

as mentioned above– we need better schools,housing affordability,and mass transit..which we all know miami has taken forever to accomplish…

Anonymous
17 days ago

Amazon, your turn now!! Latin HQ is needed in Miami.

Anonymous
16 days ago

HQ2 is already moving to VA just outside of DC (unless they make a HQ3…)

Anonymous
13 days ago

Latin HQ in Bogota not in miami. Enough with latin hq in miami.

Anonymous
17 days ago

About time. Having their LA hq in FT. Lauderdale made no sense.

Anonymous
16 days ago

Totally agree

Anonymous
16 days ago

There was a reason for that. The Microsoft executive who opened the office in FLL had his own plane and the current office is besides an airport.

Tweety
17 days ago

It doesn’t appear that there is much progress on 830 Brickell in the past two months. The south side has gone up two double-height floors but nothing (that I can see) on the north side.

Anonymous G
16 days ago

Probably due to the huge steel columns they are installing.

POLO
17 days ago

The right projet at the right time.

safa
14 days ago

another call center, bravo…

Miami Dade Conch Eater
17 days ago

Surprise that small office building next to this with the navy federal hasn’t been sold and replacement

Anonymous
17 days ago

im sure whoever that owner is is just sitting and waiting till more development happens and then sells for an insane amount. One of the most prime pieces of real estate on Brickell Ave

Anonymous
17 days ago

Wow. Simply amazing. Hopefully it will be a catalyst for many more companies to follow.

Brickellite
17 days ago

Rocket fuel for my SLS and Reach investment

Anonymous
16 days ago

Fantastic tower. Shame about the hideous mural at the street level of SLS Lux, and crappy low-rise with the 7-Eleven that wasn’t included in the redevelopment.

Anonymous
17 days ago

You love to see it. Amazing.

Anonymous
17 days ago

Difficult to tell from the pictures posted — are they still working on the parking podium or has the construction reached space for, you know, people?

Anonymous
17 days ago

The building is well beyond the parking podium. I’m just guessing, but it is somewhere between 25 and 30th floor.

Anonymous
17 days ago

Miami Winning and Winning!

Anonymous
17 days ago

We already won!

Anonymous
17 days ago

Fuck big tech.

Anonymous
16 days ago

Meanwhile ZERO movement on the Tao at Miami Women’s club. The announcement came 2 years ago and the building is still in shambles with zero construction activity. Is Tao ever going to open in Edgewater at Miami Women’s Club?

Anonymous
16 days ago

The restaurant – KLAW – was just announced yesterday and is opening in November. Do you read anything except for this blog?

Anonymous
17 days ago

yeah….I’ll believe it when I see it. MSFT is only leasing 50,000 sq ft? They better employ locals because there are no high paying jobs in Miami…because no tech companies want to locate here because the sidewalks aren’t 75 ft wide and it isn’t TRULY walkable. Oh…and another thing….even though MSFT and Blackstone, and FF and all the others say they are impressed with the educated workforce. WE all know that WE only make $50K and that the Brickell Condos are not made for everybody.
Instead of the developer spending all that money on 830 Brickell, he should have used the money to build a TRUE mass transit system from my sofa to Miami Beach, and make every inch of ever place be walkable.