Royal Caribbean Wants To Build $300 Million HQ Building At PortMiami

Royal Caribbean is proposing to build a $300 million office campus on land owned by Miami-Dade County at PortMiami as an expansion of their global headquarters there.

A new building would be constructed, while two existing buildings would be renovated, and a third demolished. Employee capacity at the HQ will increase from 2,200 to 4,200. The additions include:

  • 10-story, 350,000-square-foot office building
  • 7-story parking garage with 1,820 spaces
  • Surface parking, greenspace, fitness center and daycare
  • Art in Public Spaces installation at the campus

The new building is designed to look like a ship, with the company’s logo on top visible to airline passengers, according to the Herald.

Minimum construction cost being committed by the company for the new campus is $300 million. Competitive bidding for the land will be waived, and a lease will be offered for 40 years with two 5 year extensions.

Royal Caribbean will only pay slightly more in rent compared to current payments. Total rent will increase 65% compared to current payments to $311 million over 40 years. However, the county will give the company credits for maintenance, utilities, and renovation, that will reduce the net benefits to $250 million.

The county is also committing to not block views of downtown Miami from the new office for the entire term – including on land that could eventually be used for a new cruise terminal. No negotiations for an adjacent parcel are permitted with any other company until 2027, and even after that Royal Caribbean will have a six month right of first refusal.

A Miami-Dade committee approved the deal as a last minute add-on at a meeting yesterday, with almost no public notice.  That is in contrast to David Beckham’s proposal for a stadium on the same land, which never even made it to a vote after Royal Caribbean fought it by purchasing ads in local TV stations and in newspapers.

Groundbreaking is scheduled for June 2019, with completion in October 2020. Renovation of the existing buildings will be completed in fall 2021.

HOK is the architect.

 

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Anonymous
2 years ago

Royal Caribbean: builds new beautiful terminal called terminal A

MSC: I see your terminal A and raise you the biggest beautiful terminal at the port.

Royal Caribbean: We see your big ass beautiful terminal and raise you a 300 million dollar headquaters at the port.

MSC: Mother fffffffffff

Anonymous
2 years ago

Hopefully, they get rid off all that surface parking with the new garage. I always felt their hq with a suburban office park feel looked awkward at the port. Either way, kudos to them for keeping their hq in the urban core and not moving it to the palgetto or Doral. I’m looking at you NCL and Carnival.

Anonymous
2 years ago

???

Anonymous
2 years ago

Only in the U.S.A. two major cruise companies put their headquarters on a suburban park setting away from the ocean or an urban setting. I agree these companies should be downtown with beautiful views of the cruises and bay and not with views of the Palmetto and the Everglades.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Virgin Cruises is even worse. Their hq is in Plantation.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Great for Royal Caribbean…

Anonymous
2 years ago

shes a beauty….

Anonymous
2 years ago

Great looking architecture

Anonymous
2 years ago

Hopefully, others will follow RC and do the same.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Wish Carnival moved from Doral to the Port

Anonymous
2 years ago

And Norwegian

Anonymous
2 years ago

Port of miami will look great by 2021 with all these terminals being built and the royal caribbean headquarters

Anonymous
2 years ago

Plaza Construction was awarded the Contract

Anonymous
2 years ago

They are already in the area doing SkyRise anyways

POLO
2 years ago

Beautiful building!

Anonymous
2 years ago

What? Arquitectonica is not the Architect? What happened?

Jessica Dolores
2 years ago

The building plans look stunning. More jobs and architectural beauty, it would be a win win.

peej
2 years ago

Good thing we didn’t active this area w/ a Stadium, Hotel, & Entertainment…MUCH better use to keep it only for Royal’s employees & their city views. /s

Typical Miami, not even slightly surprised…

Anonymous
2 years ago

Plus a 2000 spot parking garage. I mean, we wouldn’t want to build a rail link for the 40,000 a day who use the port on the weekends.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Good thing we didn’t active this area w/ a Stadium, Hotel, & Entertainment… Where only the super rich could be and play, and with a gate around to keep out the undesirables and not build any bay walk or other public good.

FTFY.

peej
2 years ago

Only the super-rich can afford tickets to a soccer match? Sure, that makes complete sense.

What makes you think the $300 mil corporate campus won’t have restricted access for all of these “undesirables”?

You mention a desire for a new bay walk on Dodge Island & its associated public good–yet there’s zero mention of such in the article…

Anonymous
2 years ago

Are they accounting for Sea Level Rise with all this new construction at the port?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Will there also be an expanded Metromover and bike lanes?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Lol

Anonymous
2 years ago

They could have put the building on top of the garage and make the garage look like the hull of the ship while protecting the downtown views. Are their height restrictions there?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Royal Caribbean shouldn’t be allowed to build anything else on Port Miami until they add shore power facilitates for their ships.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Get over yourseilf

Anonymous
2 years ago

Forget it, he thinks he’s on a roll….

Anonymous
2 years ago

No thanks. Cruise companies create thousands of jobs. Who care if they pollute the air for a few hours while in port. They’ll go elsewhere if we add regulations.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I second that. Running bunker fueled engines while in port is major source of air pollution. Port of Los Angeles did this nearly 10 years ago, Port of Miami needs to get serious about air quality.

Anonymous
2 years ago

LOL, as if Los Angeles is the poster child of solving pollution problems.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Pretty negligible concern, plus I imagine within the next 50 years cruise ship technology will advance so that they mostly don’t admit at all