Miami Parking Authority (MPA) selected WA after an exhaustive evaluation and selection process as the design firm responsible for this highly visible and important project located at the intersection of Pan American Dr., the main access to City of Miami City Hall and South Bayshore Drive. The façade design is inspired by the original use of City Hall as a sea terminal for Pan American Airlines, which employed seaplane service from the site. The garage levels of the façade employ an open steel mesh to conceal the vehicles from exterior view, as required by the Miami zoning code and is a canvas for the introduction of “art-in-public places” which tells the history of the site via graphics and text. To provide visual enhancement from the tall adjacent developments, the upper level employs an extensive trellis with canvas “sails”.
The garage employs a PSI joist system to minimize overall building height as required by the City. The exterior skin was carefully detailed to allow the garage to be classified as an “open garage”; a requirement of Miami Parking Authority (MPA).