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.