By Georgiana Mihaila, Associate Editor
The 40-story 600 Brickell building can now pride itself with a rare designation that makes it unique in the Florida market—placing it among only a handful of its class and size in the world—after being certified LEED Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The 600,000-square-foot mixed-use commercial tower set in the heart of Miami’s financial district was delivered to the market in August 2011. The 600 Brickell at Brickell World Plaza has already brought a top technology award to developer Foram Group, receiving the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Technology Leader Award for Best Project in 2012.
Designed by global architecture firm RTKL, the $300 million tower features central monitoring and control of air quality, temperature and lighting—resulting in a healthier, more comfortable and more secure working environment. It also incorporates fully redundant electrical backup systems, as well as both public and secured WiFi and direct access to the world’s Internet backbone through underground, redundant fiber-optic connections linking directly to the NAP (Network Access Point) of the Americas less than one mile away.
600 Brickell is the first “Class A” office building of this magnitude to be ISO 27001 Certified, the internationally accepted benchmark for information security.
The U.S. Green Building Council recognized 600 Brickell for its merits of achieving efficiencies in energy, lighting, water and material use, as well as that of incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies to reduce its carbon footprint. The tower received the designation in the core and shell category, which applies to new construction.
“Every detail of this building was planned and examined before one shovel of dirt was ever turned,” said Loretta Cockrum, Foram’s founder, chairwoman and CEO. “We wanted to build something that would be as relevant 50 years from now as it is today. We have achieved our goal.”
Image via 600 Brickell official website