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Plaza Construction ensures the construction of One Thousand Museum in Miami goes according to plan.
By Janice Hoppe-Spiers
Plaza Construction is overseeing the construction of One Thousand Museum, a Zaha Hadid Architects-designed luxury condominium skyscraper in Miami that has become one of the most high-profile projects in the United States. “It’s the tallest project designed by architect Zaha Hadid who about a year ago passed away,” says Brad Meltzer, president of the southeast. “She is the first female Pritzker Prize-winning architect, which puts a spotlight on the project.”
The 63-story, 709-foot-tall skyscraper will feature 83 condo units. Onlookers will be awestruck by One Thousand Museum’s complex structure, which appears as a continuous piece of contemporary sculpture from the podium to the crown. “The sensuous curves of its white exoskeleton create a dynamic contrast with the crystalline façade and define the unique shapes of magnificent private terraces,” Zaha Hadid Architects says.
Once completed at the end of 2018, One Thousand Museum will be the only tower in Miami in which the permanent formwork created the building’s exoskeleton, according to Plaza Construction. “It’s that kind of project where we are getting architecture schools coming to visit the job site and a lot of interest and intrigue around town,” Meltzer says. “It’s exciting. All of the formwork is being made in Dubai and shipped here in containers, coming through the Port of Miami.”
The formwork is made of glass fiber-reinforced concrete (GFRC) and rather than removing the GFRC, similar to traditional formwork, it stays in place and becomes the façade. From the 15th floor up, the pieces form the sinuous skeleton that runs up along the exterior of One Thousand Museum.
Because the formwork is coming from Dubai, one of Plaza Construction’s main focuses has been on ensuring timely delivery. “The coordination runs deeper than in most projects,” Meltzer notes. “We worked on preconstruction activities for about one year, which is crucial when you have components being shipped from overseas. We have had no complications and so far it’s gone according to plan.”
Plaza Construction just passed the mid-way point of the tower proper, which Meltzer says is an interesting juncture because it is where the exoskeleton formwork all comes together and splits apart again. “It’s another juncture of the project we are excited about and well prepared for,” he adds.
One Thousand Museum is designed without any interior columns and features floor-to-ceiling windows and curved walls. The condos are described by Zaha Hadid Architects as “museum-quality residences,” including duplex townhomes, half-floor residences, full-floor penthouses and a single duplex penthouse. Interiors will feature the finest finishes and features from lighting artists and residential technology specialists.
Condos from floors 15 to 49 are half-floor, four-bedroom and five-and-a-half bath units encompassing more than 4,600 square feet. Floors 10 through 14 have two-story duplex residences with five bedrooms and six-and-a-half bathrooms in more than 8,300 square feet. Floors 50 to 57 are full-floor residences with more than 10,000 square feet and a duplex penthouse residence on floors 58 and 59.
In terms of amenities, One Thousand Museum will be the first residential building in Miami to feature a helipad. The eighth floor will feature a fitness center and pool deck named the “Sun and Swim Terrace.” The ninth floor will offer a spa with private treatment rooms and a relaxation lounge. The top two floors will have event space and an indoor pool.
One Thousand Museum will also have an approximately 6,000-square-foot restaurant on the ground floor, which has not yet been leased. Residents and guests will arrive at the tower under a covered valet drop-off on 10th Street.
To date, more than half of the residences have been presold to buyers from the United States, Brazil, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Middle East, Turkey, Poland, Norway and Uzbekistan. Prices range from $6 million to more than $20 million.
Plaza Construction is one of the country’s foremost construction management and general contracting firms. Founded in 1986, the company has grown from a regional organization to a multi-faceted, national presence with headquarters in New York and regional offices in Miami and Washington, D.C.
The company specializes in construction, real estate, investment and development management. “We have a culture of transparency,” Meltzer says. “We welcome our clients into the process and value inclusion between the contractor, owner and design professionals. Almost all of our work is negotiated and we have an incredible resume of repeat business.”
Although Plaza Construction performs some of the largest projects in the country, it operates in a boutique-style fashion that allows for relationships to be developed and maintained. “In addition, we have a lot of employees who have been here a long time, which creates a family atmosphere at Plaza,” Meltzer says.
As Plaza Construction continues to take on new projects, Meltzer says he has learned from One Thousand Museum that “when you take away the fear and work with clients that are like-minded, understand the process and explore options, you end up with a jewel. We hope we are on the leading-edge for others who want to do something similar.”