Zaha Hadid’s South Beach Parking Garage Is Too Expensive To Build

Miami Beach commissioners are asking Zaha Hadid to redesign the Collins Park Parking Garage, after being informed by contractors that the projected construction cost would blow out their budget.

Construction on the garage still hasn’t started, although city officials selected Zaha Hadid’s firm to design it over three years ago. The city had agreed to pay about $3 million to Hadid’s firm, along with local architect Berenblum Busch, for design work.

Facchina Construction, the city’s construction manager, is estimating that the garage will cost $49 million to build. That is significantly higher than the $25 million available budget for the project (which is already nearly double the original estimated cost for a 400-space garage.)

In a letter, the architects blamed skyrocketing labor and material costs. They also blamed changes to the design to address sea-level rise, as well as lack of communication with contractors. They wrote that any value engineering options would be limited due to the high profile nature of the project.

At a meeting last month, commissioners voted to request that the architects revise the plans to bring it to within 5% of budget. That means the the design team will need to figure out a way to bring the cost down by nearly half.

 

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Anonymous
5 years ago

Scrap the garage; build public transit.

marc
5 years ago

For $25 million your getting covered bus stops.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Rains a lot here so that would be useful.

Maybe they would have a ticker with real time bus arrivals?

Anonymous
5 years ago

You hire Zaha Hadid a famous well known architect to build a parking garage and the design goes beyond the budget…no really? Nothing this woman designs will be cheap, if you hire her expect to pay above average for her work. If you cant afford it hire a firm thats not as well known that will design something less expensive but it wont be as attractive.

Anonymous
5 years ago

It’s just getting embarrassing at this point! Miami Beach leaders have champagne taste on a beer budget. With the Koolhaas debacle at the Convention Center and now this, eventually starchitects will look at any RFP from Miami Beach and say, “thanks, but no thanks.”

Kesley
5 years ago

Hahaha! “champagne taste on a beer budget”
That is a perfect description.

Danny
5 years ago

This happens all the time. Hire a Stararchitect then let them sell you with the greatest design and believe that the costs will be cheap. Wait three years later then have a GC budget the project (while the market is hot) and complain why it is too expensive.

Anonymous
5 years ago

What a joke. At $49 million, this “GARAGE” is costing more than $100,000 per space. More than 5X the cost for any other parking structure built in south florida over the past 10 years. This doesn’t even include the land acquisition costs and the more than 15 years it took the city to acquire the land in the first place. While Zaha is clearly a world class architect, the logic of having such an expensive design for a stand-alone parking garage, should be questioned. The area is STARVED for parking, and architecturally appealing structures should be able to be designed, by local architects and engineers who understand construction pricing, for fractions of the price currently being quoted on the current design. Get a parking structure built on an expedited basis, and give the MILLIONs in cost savings to the numerous social programs within the City that are starved for public funding and being denied.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Plus it’s not that great

Anonymous
5 years ago

Oh yes it is!!!

Anonymous
5 years ago

3 million design fee? Seriously!? BHG could build a better looking garage for the price of the design fee alone.

Dbz123
5 years ago

Architects charge between 6% to 15 % of the cost. Hadid’so 3 million is about 12% of $25 million which is reasonable. Probably that included the local architect and consultants such as structural, civil, etc. Also it is true that labor has gone up since this was projected,so of the city wants to get this built either find a richer sponsor, or find another creative way to raise money.

Danny
5 years ago

It is actually around 6% to 8% including delegated engineers.

If your paying 10% or higher, you are either doing home additions (small jobs) or you just got fooled.

Anonymous
5 years ago

In Miami, the running rate is from as low as 3% to 7%, and that includes consultants, civil engineers included.