Miami’s skyline may get a new LEED-certified educational campus that marks a welcome change from the area's towering empty residential condominiums. The proposed center is a portal composed of two towers joined at the top by a large volume of public space. The project was designed by Chad Oppenheim to serve as a catalyst that offers new educational opportunities while revitalizing the surrounding neighborhood.
The mixed-use building provides over 250,000 square-feet of housing for the College in addition to two levels of street-side commercial space that wraps the entirety of the building’s base. In addition to student housing the building offers 250,100 square-feet of office space, 60,000 square-feet of meeting space, a 40,000 square foot athletic center as well as residential space and a mid-range hotel component.
Overall, the project consists of roughly 2,504,912 square-feet. The campus center is fully integrated within the building, where it serves as the building and college’s central hub. The third level serves as the college Quad and offers various cultural components, including a museum, a sculpture garden, and a theater. In addition, the sloping, landscaped plan creates a natural auditorium and provides space for various different student activities.
WHY THIS MATTERS
LEED is a green building certification system that addresses the environmental impact of a project across a range of factors including energy use, water use, and building materials. Chad Oppenheim’s latest skyscraper is designed to be LEED certified, and its mixed-use layout encourages the creation of varied local communities while cutting down the need for carbon-based transportation.