Skyrise Construction Start Set For First Quarter Of 2019 After Contractor Selected

Construction at Skyrise Miami will begin in the first quarter of 2019, according to the contractor.

Brad Meltzer, the CEO of Plaza Construction told Building Design + Construction that his firm was recently selected to build the tower. Excavation at the site began last month.

Skyrise will become the tallest building in Florida. It is approved by the FAA at 1,045 feet above ground and 1,049 feet above sea level.

Legends, a joint venture between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Yankees, will operate the tower when completed. Completion is scheduled for 2023.

Attractions in the vertical entertainment complex will include on open deck called Skywalk 908 feet above ground, a transparent sky deck at 866 feet called Skyledge, and a transparent Skyglide. There will also be base jumping, a float tunnel that allows visitors to rise to the top of the tower, a 540 foot free-fall Skydrop, and the world’s tallest rotating observation wheel.

Restaurants, nightclubs and catering halls are also being built in the tower.

Planning for construction is made more complicated by the fact that there are no uses in the first 500 feet of the tower, Meltzer said. That will require a structural steel and concrete design that hasn’t been tried before in the area.

Arquitectonica is the architect. This will be the eight project that Plaza and Arquitectonica have worked on together (including the recently completed Paraiso Bay).

Berkowitz Development Group is the developer. The company has developed over 1.5 sf of office and retail.

 

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William

It’s not as bad as people on this forum make it out to be. It should be good for tourists and generally does not impact traffic or density. Just adds jobs and activities for folks. I say its generally a good thing.

Anonymous

Adds more thing to do to downtown area instead of driving 10 miles out

Anonymous

Miami winter tourist capital

Anonymous

Agreed!

Anonymous

Thank you William, finally a sensible comment. Every major city has a sky high restaurant, but this project is so much more than that. I am not too crazy about the shape but I still think it will be a great addition to Miami. So glad this is about to start.

Anonymous

Again, no one is against the idea of this thing, they are against the DESIGN of it.

Anonymous

Miami going to make history with this building

Anonymous

Yeah, watch how many comedians make jokes of Miami when this thing gets built.

Polo

I’m very happy that Skyrise is a reality now. It will be a huge tourist attraction that will complement Bayside very well. LET’s CELEBRATE!!!!

Anonymous

People dying for this to fail. London is not too good for a giant Ferris wheel, but somehow Miami is too good for this.

Anonymous

Ignore them.. this is happening

Anonymous

People people people, listen, no one is against the idea of this thing, they are against the DESIGN of it.

Anonymous

“That will require a structural steel and concrete design that hasn’t been tried before in the area.” Where have we heard this before? Oh, crap, the guys down at the FIU pedestrian bridge.

Anonymous

i don’t like the design of this tower but as an entertainment option it will be great for miami so we have to look at the good side,great architecture is not everything we have to look at the positive impact this project will have on our city

Anonymous

Thank you… what you said about not liking the design of this tower is what 99% of the people who appear to be against it is saying.

Anonymous

skywalk, skyledge, skydeck, sky sky sky and sky.

Anonymous

I LOVE THIS PROJECT, DESIGN AND ALL!!!

Anonymous

Super ugly and an eye sore… I hope this project dies

Anonymous

Who approved this hideous project?

Anonymous

To be fair, if it was a bluish tint instead of green, it would look better.

Anonymous

540 foot free-fall Skydrop. Originally it was 640. :*(

Anonymous

OMG!.. I can’t believe their going with this ugly thing.