Plant Visit for University of Miami’s Centennial Village

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

 

This new addition to the Coral Gables campus is part of the University’s master plan for student housing growth and refinement. Building Blocks has proposed our high-performance unitized GFRC wall system with factory installed ES Windows and Technoglass glazing. A mockup will be delivered to the project site next month.

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

 

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.

GFRC for Hard Rock

GFRC for Hard Rock in New Orleans

New Orleans, LA – Building Blocks will provide GFRC for Hard Rock in New Orleans. The glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) is cladding panels. The new Hard Rock is located in the French Quarter of downtown New Orleans. The building is 18-stories. It features 350 hotel rooms and 62 apartment units. The rooms have prime views of the city’s historic district. The signature Hard Rock music-focused environment is appropriate for the music-centered culture of New Orleans. It opens in Spring 2019.

 

Hard Rock New Orleans

 

Washington square mockup

Washington Square Mockup Complete

Miami Beach, FL –  Our facade mockup for Washington Square is complete. Washington Square is a new development at 601 Washington Ave in Miami’s South Beach. The mockup pulls together all of the building’s facade elements into one panel. It incorporates glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC), windows, and also insulation. Owners and architects approve this mockup prior to construction. Morris Adjmi Architects is the architect together with Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe as the architect of record.

 

Building Blocks will furnish and install the unitized glass fiber reinforced concrete and window facade.  It is also important to note that GFRC is a Miami-Dade Historic Preservation Board approved material. The completion of the Washington Square mockup is a key step towards the final building. To learn more about our involvement in this project see here.

 

Washington Square