Each year, the South Florida Business Journal’s Structures Awards celebrates those developments, developers and dealmakers whose work has transformed the region.
Yet, it’s more than one year’s efforts. Each acquisition, project or community builds upon the area’s built history. As the region has grown and evolved, so, too, has its needs. Think of this program as a snapshot of a changing market. That’s why Structures goes beyond hospitality, industrial, mixed use, retail, speculative and public/civic to include affordable residential, green projects, community impact and reuse/rehab.
Together, these developments, developers and dealmakers continue to reshape the region, and the honorees that Structures celebrates are reflected in the accomplishments driving our continued evolution.
This year’s Structures Awards took place Sept. 21 at Gulfstream Park’s Sport of Kings Theater. The event was presented by Comcast Business; with corporate sponsors Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors + CPAs, SouthState Bank and Stiles; Out of the Box sponsor Amazon; and centerpiece sponsor BOMA Miami-Dade.
Below are the 2023 Structures Awards honorees in the Industrial Category.
Prologis Palmer Lakes
Project Address: 3355 N.W. 22nd St., Miami 33142
General Contractor: Americaribe Architect: Jackson Liles Architecture Sustainability Design: Arcadis Professional Services (USA) Concrete Contractor: Titan Structural Landscape: Arazoza Landscape
Prologis Palmer Lakes is the first modern multistory logistics facility built in South Florida, and one of the few in the country. The 969,000-square-foot project, built at a cost of $150 million, is a three-story mixed-use facility whose design makes it ideal for last-mile distribution and delivery.
There were two main challenges. The first was the complex approval process for the vacation of an active public right-of-way, with several commission and public hearings required. The second was the on-site stormwater management mitigation, which the Prologis team managed by using an innovative and sustainable system called Cupolex. Successfully navigating both challenges resulted in meeting the customer’s stringent sustainability requirements, as well as delivering the site on time.
The LEED-certified building design allows for additional initiatives including renewable energy and electric vehicle charging. The stormwater system can store up to three tons of water.
The property was purchased in 2020 and was previously occupied by a rental car company.
Bridge Point Cold Logistics Center
Project Address: Northwest 162nd Street and Northwest 102nd Avenue, Hialeah
General Contractor: FCL Builders Insurance: Metlife Life Insurance Co.
Bridge Point Cold Logistics Center brings innovation and strategic foresight, while fortifying the region’s food supply chain. The cold storage and distribution facility spans 312,103 square feet and is the first of its kind in South Florida to be built on a speculative basis. This project is also the first in the region to offer co-storage refrigerated warehouse space, featuring capabilities for both freezer and cooler users.
The project began with the acquisition of the 20.08-acre site in July 2020. The concept was for a center that would cater to the growing demand for temperature-controlled storage spaces in South Florida, a need that has intensified in line with the shift toward fresh, quick-to-deliver products and a surge in online grocery orders.
The building features a front-load design, with 50-foot clear height, optimizing pallet storage efficiency, and creating a versatile space. Its considerable 348-foot depth, along with 39 dock-high doors and three grade-level truck ramps create an adaptable facility. The facility’s refrigeration systems can maintain temperatures from -10 degrees F to 55 degrees F.
BPC’s location in Hialeah provides tenants with access to the entire tri-county region. Its proximity to key transit arteries, including Florida’s Turnpike, Interstate 75, and the Palmetto Expressway, along with efficient accessibility to crucial logistics hubs like PortMiami, Port Everglades, Miami International Airport, and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport add logistic value.
This state-of-the-art project was fully preleased to a renowned third-party food logistics company before its delivery in the second quarter.
GLP Air Logistics Center
GLP and CBRE
Project Address: 7777 N.W. 41st St., Doral 33166
GLP Air Logistics Center is the latest Class A industrial park to be constructed in the Doral/Airport West submarket of Miami-Dade County. Situated on 23.43 acres, it offers three state-of-the-art distribution buildings totaling some 495,000 square feet. All three buildings offer the latest features to assure efficiency and functionality, including 36-foot clear height, 180-foot truck courts, 54-foot columns, ESFR (early-suppression, fast-response) sprinkler systems and four dock-high loading doors per bay.
The center, located less than 2 miles from Miami International Airport’s main cargo terminal entrance, provides optimal exposure and access to all points in South Florida with direct frontage to the Palmetto Expressway. The park’s shell buildings were completed in July.
The park’s first two tenants, Porcelanosa Group and Conklin Metal Industries, recently took occupancy in Building 1.