The newly revamped Miami Beach Convention Center is set to re-open this year with a host of new, green changes. The $615 million dollar project has injected the area with a newfound life and energy. One of the most significant changes is the six acres of trees and greenery being added around the area to replace what used to be just asphalt. Similarly, the addition and/or preservation of 500 trees will help to provide shade and improved air-quality. The structure will have a dramatic fin-like structure that is both fashionable and functional. The fins will offer shady areas and keep the heat down. Other green technology being used includes solar panels, LED lights, natural sunlight, and electric car charging stations.
The environmental impact is truly important to the construction and is shown by the fact that 95% of the construction waste has been sent to recycle. Also, compostable items are being used in the center for meetings to lessen the impact of the convention center over time. And the current environment is being considered in the construction. Given the proximity to water, all critical functions of the building are being stored on the second floor to help with any flooding or hurricanes that may affect the area.
This center should provide a positive impact in the greater community, creating 500,000 square feet of exhibition space, a 60,000 square foot mixed-use ballroom, and create almost 1,5000 new jobs.