JW Marriott Marquis Miami construction completed15 Feb, 2011
Suffolk Construction has completed construction of the JW Marriott Marquis Miami and Hotel Beaux Arts, part of Metropolitan Miami’s Wells Fargo Center (formerly Met 2 Financial Center), downtown Miami’s defining mixed-use community.
Wells Fargo Center is comprised of the hotels and an adjoining 750,000 square foot world-class office tower.
From a construction standpoint, Wells Fargo Center is one of the most advanced and complex buildings in the state of Florida. The adjoining towers are now the largest steel structure in South Florida.
“From structural steel and pre-cast to a climbing form system, cast in place concrete with post-tension and conventional slabs, and both a curtain wall and a window wall system, the project represents one of our most advanced jobs of its type in the country,” said Scott Prince, senior project manager.
The office tower has a concrete core consisting of 19 elevators and a climbing form system that required more than 400 yards of concrete per week during construction. All of the mechanical and HVAC equipment for both the office and hotel towers is located on the 18th floor, which was specially reinforced to carry all of the weight. Above this floor is the hotel’s pool deck, which features a stainless steel pool, along with one of the hotel’s most innovative features – an indoor, multi-sport arena which includes a full-size NBA-approved basketball court, and a regulation-size tennis court within an indoor stadium setting.
Managing the constraints of an urban project, Suffolk used two inside climbers on the tower cranes. This enabled the company to enclose and complete floors within the hotel tower prior to the completion of the roof-top of the building. “Metropolitan Miami captures the essence and energy of what is rapidly becoming one of the world’s greatest international cities,” concludes Chris Kennedy, Vice President and Project Director. “We applaud the project’s developer, MDM Development, and are delighted to help bring to reality one of the most important projects ever to be realized in the City of Miami.”