UM Planning $155 Campus Expansion, Designed By Arquitectonica

The Univeristy of Miami is planning a major campus expansion designed by Arquitectonica.

Plans for a $155 million complex are now being reviewed by the city of Coral Gables. The proposal calls for 23 interconnected-buildings with:

  • 1,104 new beds
  • 200 seat auditorium
  • Launch Pad startup space for student businesses

A letter from the architect states that the project includes a learning center, multi-purpose rooms, and a “curated warehouse” for programming such as rotating exhibits, retail, micro-theater, and Food service. The Project also includes a central package center where residents can receive their mail and packages, a print shop, a bike shop, and recreation room.

The ground floor will be devoted to student-focused space, while the dormitory level will start at the second level, about 20-feet above ground.

The Coral Gables Development Review Committee reviewed the plans last week. Completion is scheduled for 2019, according to the Herald.

 

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Anonymous
4 years ago

Am I the only one that thinks this design is childish?

Suomynona
4 years ago

No. The facade looks nice but the incongruent, slanted roof lines look like a tacky design element to me.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Totally agree. Horrible design! It looks like a joke. Can’t believe this is being considered.

Anonymous
4 years ago

The rest of UM’s new buildings have a white stucco, tropical modern flair about them that I am really enjoying.

Anonymous
4 years ago

It’s similar to MIT

Anonymous
4 years ago

nice! about time UM gets a face life… seems it has looked the same since the 50s while FIU gets a new building every 3 months.

marc
4 years ago

and still FIU’s campus looks like hot garbage compared to UM’s.

Anonymous
4 years ago

I don’t agree. The new buildings at FIU are quite impressive. I went to both schools, no bias here.

Suomynona
4 years ago

Don’t agree with marc at all. I think the majority of FIU’s campus is quite nice.

Anonymous
4 years ago

You clearly haven’t been to um recently lol. As an alumni I can tell you it had changed alot in the past 5 years. Maybe take a visit sometime lol

Anonymous
4 years ago

alumnus

david m
4 years ago

or alumna

Anonymous
4 years ago

UM is a very cheap university when it comes to spending that giant endowment….

Anonymous
4 years ago

Weird that UM did not stick to the neo-colonialist pastiche the architecture school is known for.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Arquitectonica donates heavily to UM. That’s why they keep getting these big projects. I’m sure the UM SOA faculty is ignored. There are several capable architects on the faculty that could produce better alternatives.

Marc
4 years ago

Agree 110%. The faculty is talented yet always ignored. The new SOA studio building (also by Arquitectonica) is an absolute disaster of a design.

There is a reason the SOA lecture hall is the favorite building of most UM students…..it was designed by a faculty member with a small practice!!!

City Commissioner
4 years ago

Perkins & Will just finished a large scale medical building, they must also donate.

Anonymous
4 years ago

oh you haven’t heard? there’s a new plan for affordable housing! Its called get a job and quit whining

Anonymous
4 years ago

Is nice to see the design includes Green Roofs

Luis Herrera
4 years ago

If EVERYTHING in Miami is designed by Arquitectonica, how can we aspire to create a world class city. Architectural diversity is key for a well designed and beautiful city.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Last time I checked this is a free market economy, start a firm and go out and get it! they must be doing something right, instead of sitting at the computer complaining.

Daniela G
4 years ago

A free market economy is not everything.

Anonymous
4 years ago

pack your bags and move to cuba then, don’t let the door hit you on the way out

Daniela G
4 years ago

So true !!

Anonymous
4 years ago

I agree with you an all points but unfortunately that’s how it works. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.

Anonymous
4 years ago

What a waste of money and land. Could be used in a much better way.

GBA
4 years ago

UM is selling their residence halls to EdR, ACC, or a similar fimr, much like University of Kentucky.