Zaha Hadid Miami Beach Parking Garage, Value Engineered

Zaha Hadid is suggesting “design adjustments” to bring down the cost of the proposed Collins Park Parking Garage.

Miami Beach commissioners asked Zaha for a redesign of the garage earlier this year, after a consultant said that it would cost $49 million for construction. The initial budget for construction was $20.8 million.

Last week, commissioners were shown changes that could bring the construction cost of the garage down to $28 million. The new design would cost about $58,000 per space for 460 spaces planned in the garage (a price including retail and plaza space), while city staff claimed that a “regular” garage would cost about $20,000 per space to build.

Mayor Phillip Levine still wasn’t satisfied however, saying that he wanted it built “as cheaply as possible,” which he said should be “closer to $25 million.”

City staff will provide commissioners with an updated construction estimate within months.


ZHA’s design adjustments implemented to find cost reductions:

  • Curves optimized – all radii the same
  • Vertical Columns
  • Grid / Column layout regularized
  • 40′-0”spans reduced to 36’-0”
  • Slab thickness reduced to 12”
  • Cores redesigned to be as simple and efficient as possible
  • One 27’ bay eliminated for the 3 ”flyover” levels this eliminates 4 columns and a 27’-0”portion of slab over three levels
  • Balustrades greatly simplified to be a simple vertical balustrade alternates in-situ and steel guardrail system, requiring no elaborate formwork
  • Roof Pavilions eliminated
  • Feature Stair and glass elevator eliminated replaced with simple switch-back stair within structural concrete enclosure
  • Landscape design eliminated surface treatment only
  • Retail Area potentially reduced to Retail A only. Please price Retail B, and C optional and priced separately
  • Vertical Retail Facade 

redesigned garage:


original design, estimated to cost $49m: