Plant Visit for University of Miami’s Centennial Village

Kissimmee, FL – Zyscovich Architects and Grycon recently visited our glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) plant in Kissimmee, FL for the University of Miami’s Centennial Village project.

 

This new addition to the Coral Gables campus will serve as student housing and support the University’s recruiting efforts. The architecture features a contemporary white facade made of GFRC.

GFRC Contract Won for Studio Gang’s 11 Hoyt

Brooklyn, NY – Triton Construction awards Building Blocks the glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) contract for 11 Hoyt. The project is a new residential tower from Studio Gang. The large development covers a full-block site. It boasts 490 units and incorporates a green podium to sprawl over most of the block-wide footprint. 11 Hoyt will bring much needed green space and contemporary housing to an increasingly dense downtown Brooklyn. The tower’s scalloped facade juts in and out along the height of the building to create an unusual silhouette. This facade shape is accomplished beautifully and cost-effectively with GFRC. Construction is scheduled to complete in 2020.

 

11 Hoyt

 

Kevin Miske Lectures at Washington University

Chicago, IL – Building Blocks CEO Kevin Miske is today’s guest lecturer for architecture students at Washington University in St. Louis. Kevin was invited to speak by Professor Hongxi Yin as part of his “Rethinking Sustainability: Towers at Chicago’s Lakeshore East” course this fall. Hongxi connected with Building Blocks through a friend at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill who referred him to us as GFRC experts. Kevin’s lecture focuses on the high-performance capabilities of glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC). He will discuss the use of GFRC in masonry curtainwall and cladding wall systems. His presentation reviews the manufacturing, system capabilities, and design of high-performance GFRC wall systems with a special focus on their contributions towards a more sustainable built environment.

New Micro-Hotel

GFRC for New Hotel in South Beach

Miami Beach, FL – GT McDonald has contracted Building Blocks for 601 Washington Ave. We will furnish and install GFRC for the new hotel in Miami’s South Beach. This project prioritizes efficient construction. Because of that, the glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) is a unitized system. The masonry and window wall goes up in one piece. This accelerates the enclosure rate.

 

Washington Square is designed by Morris Adjmi Architects. Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe is the architect of record. The contemporary scalloped facade references the neighborhood’s Art Deco history. Therefore, it both fits in and stands out. Building Blocks recently completed a mockup of the glass fiber reinforced concrete facade for the project. The mockup highlights the facade design and demonstrates the unitized system. We are excited to bring this beautiful facade to South Beach.

 

Washington Square

 

1000 Museum

Panels Installed at 1000 Museum

Miami, FL – The first panels installed by Building Blocks for Zaha Hadid’s much anticipated 1000 Museum tower went up this week. Installation continues through the summer. It is scheduled to complete in September 2018. See here for more about our involvement in the project.

 

1000 Museum is the last building that Hadid herself worked on before her untimely death in 2016. The Zaha Hadid Architects studio posthumously saw her design to completion. Furthermore, it is a stellar example of the firm’s signature fusion of art and architecture. The futuristic “scorpion tower” on Biscayne Boulevard is certainly bound to become an icon of the Miami skyline.