Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP hired HEA to provide building envelope consulting services for the Miami Central Station (a part of the 235-mile network of rail lines that will connect South Florida to Central Florida). This massive elevated station will sit on various blocks of parking lots between the Metrorail tracks and NW 1st Avenue, connecting to the Government Center station. This facility will serve as a place where trains, buses and shuttles will all meet under one gigantic roof. HEA is providing ongoing building enclosure consulting and peer review services for the exterior enclosure systems, which includes duties such as: Review of curtain wall, metal panels and extruded aluminum infill screen; review of soffit system design and shop drawings; review of any glazing impact testing; review of visual mock-up drawings and specimens including standalone glass sample reviews, factory inspections; site visits and attendance at project meetings as required in New York City and Florida.
Client: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP
SF: 180,000 sf
Location: Miami, FL
Q/A with Robert Golda, Regional Director of Building Enclosure
What was the biggest challenge faced during this project and how was HEA able to navigate through any problems faced due to this challenge? The biggest challenge on the project was supporting and maintaining the high design aspirations of the Architect, SOM and ensuring that the systems and materials installed not only met the performance requirements set forth for the project, but also met the design intent and high standards required by SOM. HEA worked closely with the fabricator, installer and general contractor to ensure that proper checks and balances were put in place to ensure the goals of the project were met.
If HEA did not properly address the deficiencies found, how would this of negatively affected the building’s performance? Given the high visibility of the project, ensuring that the building’s appearance was critical and is where most of the deficiencies occurred during the installation. While performance was not the key driver for this building and/or market, not ensuring the final appearance met the quality standards set forth by the Design and Ownership teams would have left the building with a negative reputation. The building is planned to be in place for many years as a central point of the redevelopment of downtown Miami, and ensuring its lasting beauty on the streetscape is key to the project’s success.
Based off of client feedback, where do you feel we provided the most value to the project? Providing support to the architectural team and to the construction team to help achieve their design goals was where the most value was provided.
What do you think the success of this project shows about the qualities of HEA? It shows that HEA, while sometimes very technical in our services, can also be a key driver in ensuring the quality of a project is maintained both technically and aesthetically. In addition, our ability to collaborate with all parties involved on a local, national, and international level demonstrates our expertise in the marketplace.