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OBR Participates in 3rd Annual Drink Miami Hostel at the Freehand Miami Beach

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Josh and Aimet Oberhausen, co-founders of the Miami Hospitality Design Awards and judges of the 3rd Annual Drink Miami Hostel, selected Zacapa Rum as the “Best Themed Room.”

Zacapa’s design was intended to make you feel as if you were floating in the clouds of the Guatemala mountains. Cloud-like elements hung from the ceiling & mist surrounded the room as guests sipped on the “Al Cielo” signature cocktail, which means “to the sky.”

Organizers Gabriel Urrutia, Giovanny Gutierrez, and Matt Hirsch, transformed the Freehand into a virtual drinking tour showcasing the best brands, bartenders, and trendsetting cocktails.

As guests traveled through more than 20 experiences throughout the hostel’s rooms and common areas, they sipped on spirits from around the world and got their “passport” stamped. Guests also had the opportunity to learn more about their favorite cocktails through one-on-one interactions with brand ambassadors and bartenders.

McKENZIE Renovates Historical Overtown Building into New Co-working Space

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McKENZIE has completed the renovation of the historical New Providence Lodge building in Overtown into Tribe Urban Innovation Lab and Cowork, a multi-use, co-working space that will focus on serving local, African American youth and the South Florida entrepreneur community.

McKENZIE’s design creates a flexible workspace that contains design elements that are in tune with the evolving workplace and the needs of today’s entrepreneurial workforce.

Owned by Felecia Hatcher and Derick Pearson, both successful entrepreneurs working to provide opportunities for African Americans to thrive in the tech industry, Tribe will house Code Fever and BlackTech Week, two nonprofits founded by Hatcher and Pearson that help build and diversify startup ecosystems and support African American entrepreneurs, as well as several black-owned businesses.

McKenzie, a boutique design, build, and custom fabrication firm recently completed the renovation of the two-story, 3,700-sf New Providence Lodge building in the Overtown neighborhood of Miami.

The building, which once housed a Freemason chapter during the Jim Crow era, is now the Tribe Urban Innovation Lab and Cowork, a multi-use, co-working space with a maker lab, classrooms, and collaborative event and hangout spaces. The idea is for the new space to primarily serve local, African-American youth.

Many of the building’s original features were preserved, such as the original wood ceiling and steel beams. These restored historical elements add a visual contrast to the collaborative workspace’s clean and modern finishes.

To read the full story, visit Building Design + Construction.