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Picture a gleaming building wrapped around an expansive tree-filled courtyard. All the walls are glass so you can see what's happening in the ground-level retail and open-plan offices on the upper floors. In lieu of cramped hallways there are wide-open walkways and a snaking ramp that ascends to a rooftop lawn.
While debate continues over a 10-acre development centered around a 633-foot LED tower, support is growing among some local entrepreneurs and tech investors for the Miami Innovation District proposed for the Park West section of downtown.
Simkins wants to lure tech companies, such as Google and Facebook, here with floor plates of up to 200,000 square feet. “The Innovation District was master planned as a space conducive to how people are starting to and will be working in the future,” Simkins said.
SHoP Architects and West 8 in partnership with developer Michael Simkins, have proposed the construction of a four-block “Innovation District,” which incorporates urban density and modern amenities into its design.
Spearheaded by developer Michael Simkins and designed by SHoP Architects and West 8, the Miami Innovation District will host a mix of startups and small to large businesses and will seek to generate sustainable economic growth while complementing the local community.
SHoP Architects and West 8 have teamed up with developer Michael Simkins to propose a new 10-acre "Innovation District" in Miami's Park West neighborhood.
Miami is an amazing city, with attractive benefits including tax savings, thriving cultural and arts institutions and great beaches and weather. We can turn Miami into Silicon Beach. Let’s seize this opportunity so Miami can take its place as a global center of innovation.
Developer addresses concerns over Miami Innovation Tower and Miami commissioners want two public hearings on the skyrise before the CRA meets again next month.
“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.