This Is The 23-Story ‘Signature’ Courthouse Tower That Could Break Ground In Downtown Miami Within Months After Mayor Recommends Approval

Construction could begin within months on a new downtown Miami courthouse after Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez issued a final recommendation on a developer.

Gimenez recommended that commissioners select a proposal from Plenary Justice Miami to build a 23-story tower designed by architect HOK.

Plenary is proposing to build a total of 640,000 square feet. The new courthouse building would include 46 jury courtrooms and shell space for four more court jury rooms as well as space for other related court partners and agencies. It will also provide parking for 59 vehicles, a café, and be home to the Administrative Office of the Courts of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, the Miami Dade Clerk of Courts, the Law Library, the State Attorney’s Office, and the Miami-Dade Police Department.

One level of underground parking is planned.

Plenary will be responsible for site development, including utilities and utility improvements, hardscape/landscape, and road and traffic control improvements. Following completion, they will be responsible for operations and maintenance of the facility over 30 years, with performance-based payment from the county.

The PortMiami tunnel was built using a similar public-private partnership, known as P3. Plenary has a portfolio of 48 P3 projects across the US, Canada and Australia.

Plenary’s bid was 20% and 35% lower than the second and third ranked bidders, leading one competitor to call their bid “crazy” cheap.

“The cost savings are consistent with other P3 projects around the country and reflect the innovation and cost efficiency delivered by the P3 approach,” said said Mike Schutt, Vice President of Plenary Group. “Due to our experience successfully building and operating P3 projects, we are able to achieve these savings through innovation, lifecycle cost decisions, and a focus on providing functionality and services that meet the County’s defined objectives.”

Plenary said in a press release that the project would become a signature building in downtown Miami. Plenary will pay all upfront construction costs and it will only be repaid by the county if Plenary meets the ongoing levels of quality and facility availability as set out in the Request for Proposals and the project contract.

The County Commission is expected to award the contract at a December 3 meeting. Construction of the courthouse is expected to start in January 2020 with substantial completion anticipated in early 2024.

 

 

 

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Anonymous

It kind of looks like a condo tower with no balconies.

Anonymous

This has to be a prank.

Anonymous

Did they actually hire an architect to design it???

Anonymous

Yep.. looks no different than something Arquitectonica would design.

Anonymous

I agree! I think someone is really trying to sabotage Miami!

Anonymous

trying??? I think they are successfully sabotaging miami.

Anonymous

They hired Melo.

Anonymous

Lol!lol!lol! What a joke this is. What part of this box makes it a signature building? There is something terribly wrong with both the city and the county. What are they doing with our tax dollars? There is NO desire whatsoever to strive for excellence.

Anonymous

Cheap bids = cheap-looking design. This building will be a signature because of how bad it looks.

Anonymous

It’s a “signature” bldg in the “Miami style.” Sadly.

Anonymous

Some positives : minimal parking.

Anonymous

They’re gonna ban pedestrians from using this building. Didn’t you hear?

Anonymous

If its designed like the Broward and Palm Beach new courthouses then it will have plenty of windows. This would be great if it helps centralize the court system a little more in downtown. Right now the courthouses are are all over the place. This should help the Brightline station too as it will add in a decent amount of foot traffic a block or two away and they could really use some help getting their retail going. Itd be great if they got Tri Rail in there to further activate the area but theyve been dragging their feet so who knows.

Anonymous

Not to be negative, but I get the feeling this will look like the downtown jail. Windowless.

Anonymous

well said!

POLO

That’s not a “signature” courthouse tower!

Anonymous

Looks like the signature of someone who doesn’t know how to write in cursive.

Anonymous

lol……

Anonymous

Where is the passion from commissioners? The same passion they had in demanding the state build a signature bridge?

Anonymous

Signature? This is common handwriting. What a missed opportunity for a meaningful piece of civic architecture.

Anonymous

Man, seriously!! what is wrong with the design people in Miami!!! we keep going back to the 60’s. This design is horrendous!

Anonymous

A true Miami landmark.
I bet the crown is the AC cooling tank

Anonymous

Nice it replaces that surface lot with an building. Hopefully the current courthouse could become an boutiques hotel.

Anonymous

the only thing “signature” about this, is that this is miami signature: a box with no design, adding nothing to the skyline, the pedestrian experience, an eyesore.

Anonymous

As Gunnery Sergeant Hartman said to Private Pyle, “WHAT THE F**K IS THAT?!”

Maria

Horrible, boring with no shape.

Anonymous

Oh well, the wait is over.. I’m going back to sleep now… snoozzeee… snoozzeee… snoozzeee……….

marc

I think you need a CPAP.

Anonymous

Are we sure this isn’t a Melo tower?

Michael

That is not a signature building and there is nothing about the design that suggests any kind of civic use.

Anonymous

Melo’s design!!!🤗

Interested

Yikes!…it looks like the Centre apartment building a few blocks east. Not a complement.

EJS

Wait, a 23 story bldg on that skinny plot of land is going to house 46 courtrooms, a law library, multiple municipal offices AND the Miami Dade Police Dept? Wow… everything’s going micro. But, uh, the design’s, uh, nice…for a second or third tier city.

Anonymous

Law libraries are digitized these days; require next to no space.

Anonymous

This will go down as the world’s ugliest court house! It looks like a retirement apartment building! The old court house looks better!

Anonymous

this courthouse building is so awful it should be illegal! (see what I did there?)

Anonymous

As a practicing attorney who is in the current civil courthouse almost weekly, the design is good enough for me. This is sorely needed and after years of false starts, I for one am glad to see this move forward, signature or not.

Anonymous

No Related? No Kobi Krap? wow…