Work Underway On Converting Former INS Building Into Hotel, Apartments

Demolition is underway at the former INS building at 79th and Biscayne, which is slated to become a hotel and apartment building.

Architecture and Design Firm ADD Inc, now with Stantec Begins Redevelopment of Former INS Building in Miami

New Triton Center Designed by ADD Inc, now with Stantec, Will Serve as an Economic Catalyst to Upper Biscayne Boulevard Area in Miami, Florida

The redevelopment of the former U.S. Immigration Naturalization Service (INS) 12-story building in Miami by the architecture and design firm ADD Inc, now with Stantec is underway. Located at 7880 Biscayne Blvd, the site’s surrounding buildings have been razed to make way for the new mixed-use development named Triton Center.

Real estate developer Florida Fullview Immigration Building, LLC selected the architecture firm to undertake the adaptive reuse of this iconic building. The new 722,000 sf development, which will include the 12-story building converted into a 139-key hotel, will also feature a 324- unit apartment building, 17,000 sf of ground-level retail and 576 parking spaces.

“We are very excited to lend our expertise and vision to one of Miami’s most well-known and symbolic buildings. We believe the Triton Center will be the cornerstone of a true renaissance in the Upper Biscayne Boulevard area,” stated architect Jonathan Cardello, senior principal, ADD Inc, now with Stantec. “The additional commercial space and retail gives residents a place to live, shop and play, bringing a new vitality and sense of community to this part of the city.”

Originally built in the 1960s as the Gulf American, the building was recognized as a vanguard, mid-century modern tower with distinctive anodized aluminum sunscreens and tall transparent glass curtain walls spilling out to the street at its base. INS moved into the building in 1983 and vacated in 2008.

ADD Inc, now with Stantec will continue the building’s vanguard spirit, integrating white stucco and metal panels highlighted with bright Miami accent colors and glass curtain walls. A pedestrian passage within a city plaza-like environment between the condominium and hotel complexes will be added. Each building will have its own pool and fitness center. Lush landscape and shading trees will surround street level retail and food outlets. The project is expected to achieve LEED Silver certification.

 

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Anonymous
6 years ago

There is a train station planned across the street

Anonymous
6 years ago

Nice, very nice. This is the type of project that Wynwood and the Design District should be flooded with.

Danny
6 years ago

This area needs this.

Another Anonymous
6 years ago

ADD Inc sucks! Boxy solution, add a few fin walls, overhangs, add color to break the plain vanillaness of the bland design and presto, schlock architecture for the masses…all because its another apartment building that the city is pressing for and developers and banks are buying as sustainable deals in the hot Miami market. The market demands are being met, that reaonable, but do the solutions always have to be the same trendy boxy designs. Seems like ADD Inc has them all stored up in a drawer. Same goes for Arqutectonica, Kobe Karp and others. Lack of imagination from the architects and lack of exploring better design solutions from developers, and the public has to accept it.

Anonymous
6 years ago

I wish developers would stop building these mid and large scale projects hoping that transportation will be brought to them. They really need to start building around public transit and existing high density areas. Miami is way too spread out!

Anonymous
6 years ago

Patience. There might be commuter rail in our lifetime along the railroad tracks behind this project – Coastal Link. Don’t hold your breath though 😉

Anonymous
6 years ago

Why cant density be spread to other areas ? I like this project because it turns underused to something mixed use.

Anonymous
6 years ago

The shorter building’s facades looking onto Biscayne Boulevard and the taller building are hideous. It’s like architects these days are “educated” to make total clusterf**ks defying the rules of architecture itself, which built prosperous civilizations for over millenia.

Anonymous
6 years ago

Gee dude, get a grip, this is an apartment building here, not the Taj Mahal.