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Brickell World Plaza
Brickell Financial Centre I (Brickell World Plaza) March 2011.JPG
General information
Status Complete
Type Office
Location 600 Brickell Avenue, Miami, Florida, United States
Construction started 2006
Completed 2011
Opening December 2011
Roof 520 ft (158 m)
Technical details
Floor count 40
Floor area

1,089,391 square feet (101,208 m2) total

614,905 sq ft (57,127 m2) leasable [1]
Design and construction
Architect RTKL Associates Inc.
Developer Foram Group

The Brickell World Plaza, also known as 600 Brickell, and formerly known as the Brickell Financial Center, is an office skyscraper in Miami, Florida, United States in the Downtown neighborhood and financial district of Brickell at 600 Brickell Avenue. The former Brickell Financial Centre Phase I, the Brickell World Plaza, is a 520-foot (160 m) skyscraper, one of the tallest buildings in Miami.[2] The building contains 600,000 square feet (56,000 m2) of leasable floor space, an eleven story parking garage with 927 spaces, and a 30,000-square-foot (2,800 m2) ground level public plaza, and was also supposed include an outdoor area with a stage.[3] 600 Brickell is located between the Fifth Street and Eighth Street Metromover stations.[4]


The 40 story building was topped out in early 2009 but construction was suspended or greatly slowed, as the building was still not completed over two years later as of March, 2011. The building lost an anchor tenant, a law firm that had a 58 million dollar, 10.5 year lease for 15 percent of the building (115,000 sq ft), in early 2009.[5]

With the new name of Brickell World Plaza, the building has a scheduled opening date of August 2011. The building developers, the Foram Group, have claimed that this slowed construction was strategic for the purpose of detail and that after completion they will move their corporate offices into the building. However, the near halt in construction and the loss of a major tenant suggests that the delay was not strategic, but due to the 2008 economic crisis and the falling demand for office space due to the excessive construction in Miami at that time.

Early in 2011, 600 Brickell got a $130 million construction mortgage loan from Los Angeles based Canyon Capital Reality Advisors that will fund the rest of the construction. This was one of the largest loans issued in the city of Miami since the real estate crisis.[6]

When 600 Brickell came online in August–September 2011, it increased Miami's downtown office vacancy to nearly 25%,[7] and Class A Brickell vacancy to over 30%.[8]

That could change with the arrival of a new leasing team. Foram has hired Jones Lang LaSalle, led by veteran brokers Glenn Gregory and Noël Steinfeld, to handle leasing for the nearly 615,000-square-foot building. Gregory and Steinfeld said a full-court press to land tenants is finally under way. Shortly before Foram hired Jones Lang, the developer signed a pair of new-to-market tenants — New York-based lender Doral Money and Irvine, California-based mediation and arbitration services firm JAMS — to occupy a combined 30,090 square feet at the building. Gregory and Steinfeld said they are in discussions with prospective tenants for about 300,000 square feet, although that includes some space being marketed to multiple companies.[9]

Gunster (law firm) moved its Miami office to the building's 35th floor.


The building lights up at night in a variety of colors.

The building will be South Florida’s first Cisco Connected Commercial Office Building in partnership with Cisco Systems Inc. Essentially it will have its own dedicated hub connecting it to the Internet with a secure and flawless connection. The project was designed by the global architecture firm RTKL and its developer was the Foram Group. The Foram Group’s intended goal was to set a new gold-standard for technology and sustainability in international commercial property development by creating the most innovative and forward thinking office building in Miami.

"We designed the building from the inside out, not the outside in,” said Loretta H. Cockrum, Foram’s founder, chairman and CEO. “We wanted the most efficient office building ever designed, with no wasted space or wasted energy. This is a building of the future more than a building of the present. A lot of love has gone into that building, and a lot of pride."[10]

The Brickell World Plaza is the state of Florida's first building to be pre-certified under the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.[11] In addition to this it is one of very few buildings in the world of its size to receive the LEED Platinum rating, the highest available from the US Green Building Council. Another feature that contributed to this precertification is the water program: the building collects all rainfall and condensed water from the cooling towers in a 10,000 US gallons (38,000 L) tank to be reused for irrigation and makeup water for the fountains at Brickell World Plaza.[12]

It will also be the first building in South Florida to be a part of Cisco Systems "Cisco Connected Commercial Office Building",[13] which basically means it has a fast and secure, dedicated internet connection. The originally planned Brickell Financial Centre (two buildings) was to include office space, a hotel, luxury condominiums and a public plaza. The Brickell World Center will not feature the hotel or condominiums, but the ground level plaza will be a 30,000-square-foot (2,800 m2) public space as well as 18,000 square feet (1,700 m2) of ground level restaurants and cafes, as well as an outdoor stage where events may be held, probably taking up the rest of the property where the Brickell Financial Centre II would have gone. The first eleven floors of the building above the plaza are a parking garage, while the remaining 28 floors are all office space.[14] The outside of Brickell World Plaza is lit up at night similar to the Miami Tower. This began before Christmas in December 2011 with a ceremony with governor Rick Scott where a 40 foot wreath was hung on the building.[15]

Brickell Financial Centre II[edit]

Brickell Financial Centre II
General information
Status Approved
Type Office
Location 600 Brickell Avenue, Miami, Florida, United States
Roof 903 ft (275 m)
Technical details
Floor count 68
Design and construction
Architect RTKL Associates Inc.

Brickell Financial Centre Phase II, which was scheduled for completion in 2011, would have been the tallest building in Miami and Florida upon completion, at 903 feet (275 m). It was planned to contain 68 floors.[16] The Brickell Financial Centre complex was always planned to be done in two phases, with the second building being constructed after the first, so the second building may still be built, presumably under a different, new name. The second phase was planned to be a mixed-use building, containing several hundred thousand feet of office space, as well as several hundred thousand feet of condominium and hotel space,[17] and would be a substantially larger building than the Brickell World Plaza.[14] The area where BFC II would stand was turned into a parking lot in late 2011 with the completion of Brickell World Plaza and included a small valet structure.

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  1. ^ "With New Tower Online Brickell Office Vacancy Nears 25". Miami Today. 2013-09-26. Retrieved 2013-10-01. 
  2. ^ "Brickell Financial Centre Phase I | Buildings". Miami /: Emporis. Retrieved 2013-10-01. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Miami's future skyscrapers: Part I | Metro Atlantic". 2012-09-16. Retrieved 2013-10-01. 
  5. ^ Oscar Pedro Musibay and Julie Kay (20 February 2009). "Brickell Financial Centre loses anchor tenant". South Florida Business Journal. 
  6. ^ Bandell, Brian (February 16, 2011). "Miami's 600 Brickell gets $130M loan". South Florida Business Journal. 
  7. ^ Bowden, Marilyn (September 2011). "With new tower online, Brickell office vacancy nears 25%". Miami Today News. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "Miami Commercial Realty Due For Rise As Capital Seeks Deals". Miami Today. 2013-09-26. Retrieved 2013-10-01. 
  9. ^ Kalis, Eric (March 19, 2012). "Was it worth the wait? 600 Brickell's delayed leasing ends" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 4, 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-01. 
  10. ^ 11 May 2011 Logan Broyles (2011-05-11). "The Brickell World Plaza". Construction Digital. Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-01. 
  11. ^ Miami Beach 411
  12. ^ Jerant, Frederick (2013-08-13). "A LEED Legacy in Miami". American Builders Quarterly. Retrieved 2013-10-01. 
  13. ^ "Miami's Brickell World Plaza Will Open in August for Smart Global Businesses" (Press release). Business Wire. 2011-02-28. Retrieved 2013-10-01. 
  14. ^ a b "Brickell World Plaza, Miami". Retrieved 2013-10-01. 
  15. ^ "Governor Scott celebrates the season in South Florida this weekend". Miami Herald. December 3, 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-21. 
  16. ^ "Brickell Financial Centre Phase 2, Miami". Retrieved 2013-10-01. 
  17. ^ [2] Archived February 9, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.

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Coordinates: 25°46′3.43″N 80°11′26.1″W / 25.7676194°N 80.190583°W / 25.7676194; -80.190583