Royal Caribbean’s New $300M Global HQ Breaking Ground This Month At PortMiami

Plaza Construction, CBRE and architect HOK have announced that they will oversee construction of a new corporate headquarters for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines in Miami, with groundbreaking to take place later this month.

“Plaza has been building iconic buildings in Miami since 2002 and is pleased to include Royal Caribbean in its portfolio,” says Brad Meltzer, President, Plaza Construction.

The $300 million project is being built at PortMiami, and the companies say it will become Miami’s “first true corporate campus.”

Workforce capacity will double from 2,200 to 4,200 employees, and the new state of the art campus will help attract world class talent to Miami, Royal Caribbean said.

At the center of the campus will be a 10-story, 350,000 square-foot building designed by HOK to look like a ship at rest. Landscaping will be comprised of indigenous flora.

There will also be a soccer field, volleyball court, basketball court, and fitness center for employees, and a 1,500-space parking garage with sustainability features, such as electric car chargers, photovoltaic cells, and rainwater collectors.

 

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marc

Wow, amazed this design was approved and they are breaking ground so soon. Love it.

Anonymous

County rubber stamps nearly everything.

Anonymous

Except public transit.

Anonymous

Studies required there.

Anonymous

the exterior looks similar to One Ocean

Anonymous

Setting a very high standard. Can Virgin and Disney match or exceed with their new structures?

Anonymous

FYI, Virgin and Disney are building terminals for their ships to dock at while this is the corporate office for RCCL, not a cruise ship terminal

Anonymous

I saw the renderings for the Disney terminal. FANTASTIC! Complete with giant mouse ears and 999 hidden Mickeys.

Anonymous

Is true, this is the corporate office… the cruise terminal was done 7 month ago…
https://www.royalcaribbeanpresscenter.com/video/805/royal-caribbeanrsquos-new-terminal/

Anonymous

Who’s doing the ironwork on that job?

Anonymous

looks great

Anonymous

“1,500-space parking garage.. ”

… grrrrr, we parking bashers hate PARKING GARAGES!!!

Anonymous

How else do u expect thousand of employees to get there during rush hour in the hot sun and over a huge bridge?

Anonymous

The county should have forced Royal Caribbean to power all their ships in port using shore power before allowing this.

Anonymous

AGAIN? Shore Power is a total joke.

Anonymous

Why? Can you please explain why we wouldn’t want the ships to turn off their diesel generators while in port for 12 hours?

Anonymous

This is a office building not a ship.

Anonymous

I shore hope they do…

Anonymous

I see what you did there…I shore liked it.

Anonymous

Or they could help find ways to make shore power a cheaper option, so cruise companies would voluntarily switch to it.

Anonymous

Any suggestions?

Anonymous

Solar power?

Anonymous

Cool, make on ten times as tall in Downtown Miami and attract more big companies from Doral and Miramar.

Anonymous

I like the design, but I don’t see the “ship resting at sea”. And before you smart asses comment, that’s with and without my glasses. Binoculars won’t help eather lol.

Anonymous

They went for the cracked in half titanic look

Anonymous

Lol

Anonymous

At a certain angle it does look like a mini ship.

Anonymous

Any concern about the increase in traffic this will cause in downtown?

-Disgruntled Downtown NIMBY

Anonymous

Yep.. you live downtown so you’re one of the reasons downtown has increased in traffic.

– ULTRA Lover

Anonymous

Why would it increase traffic? RCL already has a large presence at the port?

Anonymous

Doubling the size of their employees equals more cars. How else am I supposed to travel down Biscayne Blvd. to get to Whole Foods? And don’t say the mover. That’s for poor people. I’m old, retired, and entitled to live in a quiet downtown.

Anonymous

Well, Boca Raton is right up the road.. and if that’s still too much, you can always just relocate to one of the many retirement communities in Florida.

Anonymous

The county is in talks with MuvYurAss, a Chinese conglomerate to purchase a fleet of rickshaws and dozens of illegal Chinese guys to replace the trolley service. The new Dwntwn Rickshaw Express is scheduled to start 1Q 2020, barring an existing lawsuit brought on by Virgin Florida who wants part of the action.

Anonymous

brilliant satire ….thanks

Anonymous

“quiet downtown” oxymoronic. Folks worldwide aren’t known for moving downtown seeking quietness….

Anonymous

Once upon a Time there was a major proposal that could have changed the port forever! As usual in Miami because of politics it never happened! There were all kinds of excuses as to why the proposal was denied. One of them was Royal Caribbean!!!! They pulled the old ( we will take our business elsewhere) trick if y’all let this proposal happen… Now as you can see Royal Caribbean is taking that same land and putting their little headquarters on it when that land could have been so much more!

Anonymous

Agreed! Portside Miami or whatever the name was was truly a missed opportunity for downtown…

Anonymous

City of Miami has a right to take back the port if the county uses it for something other than port operations. I remember reading that Regalado threatened to do this if Beckham’s stadium got built there. City of Miami is not going to have an urban district right next door competing with downtown.

Anonymous

I’m glad Portside never happened because it would have taken away my view of south beach.

Anonymous

This is actually replacing a one level building and surrounding land which RCL has occupied for the last 25 years.

Anonymous

It would be a great place to put some clubs… cruise ships with the Miami skyline in the background to look at.. sweet!

Anonymous

I agree. Lots of people here claim to want what’s best for the city, but they lack a world-view. Their vision for Miami is sometimes small-town and not forward thinking. I imagined games/concerts being broadcast all over the world and millions watching and thinking “wow, what a gorgeous city! I want to go there”. Instead the stadium will be built in Bufuk Egypt with no spectacular backdrop. Same shit happened with the Arsht Center. Everyone loves the Sydney Opera House, partly because of the design, and partly due to its dramatic location. Instead of m
Museum Park, the Arsht was built hidden behind the 836 bridge over Biscayne. This was due to a gutless and clueless bunch of sell-out commissioners and city leaders who hid behind the “don’t block the bay view” parade. I suppose Syney may have had some naysayers as well, but where the fu*I are they now?

Anonymous

“I imagined games/concerts being broadcast all over the world and millions watching and thinking “wow, what a gorgeous city! I want to go there”.”

That’s the problem with Miami Beach.. they advertise the place and say “plan your trip and conventions here,” and people look and say “what a gorgeous city, I want to go there!” And then when people come, they say “we don’t want your kind” and “there are too many of your kind of people here.” Dumb-asses feel like victims of their own success.

You have people running the Miami and Miami Beach who want a world view of the place and at the same time they have the thinking of small-towners and are not forward thinkers at all.