“Miami is on everybody’s radar,” Simkins said recently from his family’s Miami Beach offices. “The question that comes around is, what is needed? What do we need to move the ball? My answer to that question is a major technology company.”
Michael Simkins’ goal for the Miami Innovation District is to create an area conducive to a tech hub by providing amenities that surpasses anything that currently exists in Miami.
"It's about the idea of investigation, research, knowledge transfer," says Bill Sharples, the principal-in-charge of the project at SHoP. The designers of the Innovation District are "thinking about the commercial growth of Miami," as an almost entirely residential building boom of condo towers accelerates all around them. More affluent residents now means more demand in the tightening office market next.