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Al-Farooq Corporation’s Work on Hard Rock Hollywood Highlighted in USGlass Magazine

Our client, Al-Farooq Corporation played a vital role in designing and engineering different portions of the newly renovated Hard Rock Hollywood.

Inside the new guitar-shaped hotel, the engineers designed a 24-foot tall architectural glass waterfall that is part of “The Oculus” located in the lobby combining elements of water, fire and technology all choreographed to music.

The glass product manufacturer, Faour Glass Technologies, trusted Al-Farooq to assist them on this project because they are well-known for being experts in non-typical glass engineering.

Al-Farooq senior project manager, Hammad Muzaffar says the design was complex and required unique engineering analysis because it’s a long, curved system of glass with the dynamic loads from water added to it. The complete glass structure has a radius of 40 feet and is supported by a mullion-less system at the head and sill.

Faour’s Slimpact XL and pivot door systems were used for the hotel entrance and adjacent storefront. Al-Farooq worked with Faour Glass to engineer this portion of the project as well. The Slimpact product was used for approximately 2,200 total square feet of the project.

Muzaffar says his company had to create additional plate designs and connection detailing to get the system to work according to Florida codes, which have strict hurricane ratings.

For more information, visit US Glass News Network.

FRONTIER Building Completes Wawa’s 200th Florida Store

Our client, FRONTIER Building has recently completed Wawa’s 200th Florida store in Naples. The experience-focused national contractor celebrated this major historical build with a grand opening event that took place last month. This milestone comes a little more than seven years after the Wawa brand launched into the Florida market, ahead of initial projections and schedules.

“As we reflect on our Florida journey, beginning with a single store in 2012 and now opening our 200th store in 2019, we are deeply grateful to our customers and associates who have made this expansion possible,” said Gheysens. “Thank you for supporting us over the past seven years. We can’t wait to see what the future of Wawa in Florida holds!”

Located at 12456 Tamiami Trail East at the Price Street Plaza, the brand-new convenience store and gas station now offers an additional fueling option for east and west bound drivers along U.S. 41.

The new 7,211 square foot convenience store is located on a 90,000 square foot lot and features eight fueling pumps and 55 parking spaces. FRONTIER’s Derek Hopkins was the onsite project manager overseeing the ground-up construction.

“FRONTIER is honored to have been selected to build out Wawa’s 200th Florida store,” said Hopkins. “Being based in Florida, we hope to continue to build for the national brand as it continues to expand its presence in the state.”

FRONTIER Building is currently building out another Wawa convenience store and gas station in North Miami, Florida. The Miami-based national firm also has two additional Wawa projects underway in Rosedale, Maryland and Manassas, Virginia.

BBA’s Claudia Busch Guides FIU Architecture Students in Designing a Mobile Art Pavilion

Next summer, a futuristic Mobile Art Pavilion designed by Florida International University students, will bring a new way to showcase pop-up art exhibits and plays to our South Florida community.

Berenblum Busch Architects’ Founding Principal and Senior Instructor at FIU’s Department of Architecture Claudia Busch led seven student teams to build on ideas for this multi-use, mobile art pavilion. Of the seven designs proposed by 15 students, the plan of a 315-square-foot, dome-like structure was selected.

The FIU School of Architecture team proposed a waterproof pavilion that “will have three layers with the outer one made from a rigid metal frame to hold the fabric that encloses the pavilion. Display walls are designed to rotate to vary the enclosure and accommodate for art display and performance.”

The structure will use renewable energy resources and sustainable materials, and the fabric envelope features solar coating “to help reflect and diffuse direct solar radiation, optimizing temperature comfort inside.”

The project is part of a partnership between FIU and Grace Arts Florida. Senior Instructor Claudia Busch led the student teams from her Graduate Architecture Studio 9.

For more information, visit Miami Herald.

ICA Miami & Stantec Presented Climate Change, Art, and Architecture Panel Discussion

On Thursday, October 10th, ICA Miami in collaboration with Stantec hosted a discussion panel on Climate Change, Art, and Architecture. The event took place at the Miami Design District Palm Court.

Continuing ICA Miami’s dedication to understanding urgent environmental issues, this panel explored how anthropogenic effects apply pressure to architectural design and cultural production. It was led by renowned architectural critic Beth Dunlop. Panelists included John Malueg, manager of Stantec’s resiliency program; David Rifkind, interim chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design at Florida International University; Elizabeth Wheaton, City of Miami Beach’s Director of the Environment & Sustainability Department; and Xavier Cortada, environmental artists and Professor of Practice at the University of Miami.  The panel also explored the concept of resiliency and the role of architects and artists in mitigating cultural, social, and environmental degradation.

MCAD’s BAM Program Helps Mom Start A New Career

A program of Miami Center for Architecture and Design, Black Architects in the Making was launched by M.C. Harry & Associates to increase African American representation in architecture.

An architectural project manager at M.C. Harry & Associates, Naomi Harrison has already increased their representation through her mentorship of Bernise Muhammad, a BAM mom who went from being on the sidelines to now pursuing a career in architecture at Florida International University.

CBS 4 visited a recent BAM workshop where they learned more about Naomi and Bernise’s relationship and the work BAM is doing in the community.

A Miami woman is on a new career path in architecture thanks to a program designed for students.

Naomi Harrison is an architectural project manager at M C Harry & Associates, which created Black Architects in the Making, also known as BAM.

BAM was created to introduce and educate middle and high school students, primarily African American, to the world of architecture.

Harrison has been involved with BAM for several years, helping expose youngsters to architecture but also working to diversify the industry.

“One of the underrepresented in the industry is also females. 18-percent of architects are females but only .04-percent of the architects in the state identify as black female Americans,” explained Harrison.

Harrison along with other associates go into communities where African Americans live, work, and play and talk to them about architecture.

It was at one of the workshops where she met Bernise Muhammad, the parent of one of the students. For more information, visit CBS4

Stantec Featured in INDULGE Design & Real Estate Issue 2019

Stantec’s Andrew Burnett, Raed Alawadhi, and Aida Sanchez-Gomez were featured in INDULGE’s 2019 Design and Real Estate Issue. They shared their experience, expertise, and insights in the architecture and design industry.

Andrew Burnett, Senior Principal, says Solitair Brickell is a project that stands out as an example of the firm’s work. The building’s unique façade inspired by the Medjool palm tree stands out from other high-rises in the Brickell area. He adds that architecture is transcendent, and it contributes to our collective sense of place connecting us to each other and our environmental ecology. 

When it comes to design, Raed Alawadhi, Senior Interior Designer, is influenced by his travels, especially Europe, because of their way of intervening a modern addition into an old building. Interior design trends he’s currently seeing include golds and rose golds and clients are very drawn to it, he adds.

According to Aida Sanchez-Gomez, Senior Architect, the Bacardi building has made an impact on her design style because it captures the essence of Miami and its people with its fused art and architecture. When it comes to her approach to architecture, she states that she is more concerned with how a project’s design crafts an experience for its occupants. She looks for the story that drives the design, and sometimes it stems from the natural environment or history of the site.

Read more on INDULGE.

Lincoln Road Takes A Big Step

Lincoln Road is home to our OBR headquarters, and we are excited about experiencing a revamp to the look and feel of South Beach’s iconic outdoor mall.

Recently, the City of Miami Beach announced plans to jump-start the first large-scale makeover of the walkway in more than 20 years, and according to reports, property owners agreed to tax themselves at a higher rate to pay for part of the ambitious plan to restore it. But who will cover the remaining cost?

The plans have been a long time coming. In 2014, the City hired James Corner Field Operations to draw up designs for a Lincoln Road makeover. His design includes a reorganization of café tables, new sculptural elements, and more public seating and green space – all much-needed improvements to Lincoln Road.

If the plan moves forward this time, there will also be a touched-up pattern on the ground running up the center of the walkway, reimagined planters, lights and public art. Although the proposal was halted in the planning stages for years, it looks like we’ll finally see some action, but who should cover the cost?

For more information, read the full story in The Miami Herald.

Saladino Design Studios-Designed SuViche Doral Featured in Interior Design

Saladino Design Studios’ design of the new SuViche Doral appeared in Interior Design’s New & Noteworthy: 4 Artful Updates story.

The 3,800 square-foot SuViche restaurant in Miami’s popular CityPlace Doral, is the brand’s unveiling of its new concept designed by Saladino Design Studios. The design of the award-winning Peruvian-influenced Japanese restaurant concept by SuViche Hospitality Group was inspired by the vibrant colors of traditional Peruvian materials and fabrics blended with Miami’s tropical environment.

The whimsical interiors boast vibrant Peruvian colors, playful swinging chairs,  macramé rope art mural, Pisco bar and “Let’s Get Saucy” floral and moss graffiti wall.

Check out the feature on Interior Design.

Choeff Levy Fischman Backyard Renovation Featured on Luxury Pools + Outdoor Living

Longtime client, Choeff Levy Fischman Architecture + Design, was recently featured in Luxury Pools Magazine for transforming an outdated Mediterranean-style Miami home into a modern beauty with elegant Spanish Revival notes. The award-winning architects give new meaning to resort-style living with revamped outdoor spaces, including the stunning L-shaped pool and cabanas which were opened up to enhance views.

The home’s indoor-outdoor focus is key to the project’s success, says Ralph Choeff, founding principal of Choeff Levy Fischman. “The new pool, deck, and cabana bring the built environment, as well as the outdoor environment, up to date with fresh aesthetics and integrated functions,” Choeff says. “It also gives the family a more functional space for relaxing and enjoying the bay views.”

Redesigning the backyard involved a major facelift to the swimming pool and deck. The pool’s new L-shaped infinity-edge design, with a catch pool and “floating” steps, is a visual wonder. The indoor-outdoor cabana, complete with Carrara marble accents and a custom wet bar, was previously a guest house.

For more details on the renovation project, read the full story on Luxurypools.com

Schüco Partners with Al-Farooq to Enter South Florida Market

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Schüco USA has partnered with Al-Farooq Corporation to enter the South Florida market with the release of several products in 2018. Al-Farooq was contracted by the global building envelope specialist to test and approve the products to assure they meet South Florida’s high standards and regulations. The first product launched this month, an outward opening terrace door, is the first of its kind for the region. Al-Farooq Corporation is currently testing several other products for Schüco that should be released in South Florida later this year – just in time for hurricane season.

Al-Farooq Corporation, a Miami-based engineering consulting firm, is helping Schüco USA enter the South Florida market with the release of an outward opening terrace door, the Schüco AWS 75.SI+.

The global building envelope specialist has contracted the South Florida engineering firm to launch the product. Al-Farooq Corporation has tested and approved the product to assure it meets the rigorous standards and regulations for the hurricane market.

Ideal for South Florida’s rainy and windy seasonal climate, the terrace doors were designed for high-level water tightness.

The design consists of easy-access threshold options, which meets ADA half-inch threshold height limitations while also maintaining 15 PSF of water resistance test performance, far exceeding minimum requirements.

“It has been great to work with Schüco,” says Senior Engineer, Jalal Farooq. “Their team is knowledgeable, responsive, and their products are recognized around the world. We are pleased that they have chosen Al-Farooq Corporation to guide them to success in this hurricane market.”

To read the full story, visit Glass on Web.