Miami Worldcenter Will Dramatically Change City’s Meetings Landscape

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Rendering of Miami Worldcenter

Miami Worldcenter is one of the largest urban redevelopments in the U.S. presently, covering 28 acres in the heart of downtown Miami. The mixed-use project will include the 1,800-room JW Marriott Marquis Miami Worldcenter and 600,000 sf of meeting and exhibition space.

The most detailed construction timeline to date was just announced this week. Work begins on the JW Marriott and exhibition center in early 2015. That will be followed by the development of a new 765,000-sf shopping mall, anchored by next-generation Bloomingdale’s and Macys department stores.

Major road and park redevelopment will tie everything together with new pedestrian avenues to improve walkability throughout the downtown core. Altogether, over 35,000 sf of new parks and landscaped sidewalks have been integrated into the master plan.

“It’s about taking back the streets and sidewalks and open space in Miami for people,” says Michael Cohen, one the lead architects with Elkus Manfredi Architects overseeing the Miami Worldcenter project.

This is basically a new city within a city, connected directly to Miami International Airport via the new elevated Metrorail system. Transfer time is 15 minutes.

The $2 billion Miami Worldcenter project will bring Miami into the upper echelon of mid-size convention destinations in the country. Until now, Miami has never really had the complete large-scale convention package, in terms of connected meeting space and hotel room inventory. Scheduled opening is 2017.

Miami Worldcenter is surrounded by the new PAMM contemporary art museum and new Miami Science Museum, presently under development, as well as American Airlines Arena. The super buzzy Wynwood Arts District and Miami Design District are 15 minutes north, while glitzy South Beach is just a 10-minute transfer across the tropical blue waters of Biscayne Bay.

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