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33rd annual Festival of the Trees

Each year South Florida’s architecture and design community demonstrates its support for interior architecture education through their annual participation in Festival of the Trees, a fundraising event coordinated by Florida International University’s Interior Architecture Department.

Over the past 32 years, this annual holiday event has raised over $350,000 in funds that benefit FIU’s Interior Architecture Department and its students.

Sponsors underwrite designers who design and build unique holiday creations and donate them to the event. The “trees” are then displayed and auctioned at the gala opening. Winning bidders take these extraordinary creations home and get to show them off throughout the year.

Our President, Josh Oberhausen was selected as a judge at this year’s event, along with Hilda Altimari, Art Director of Dacra Miami Design District; Martin Amado, TV Personality; Massimo Casagrande, Director of Education at Marangoni Miami; and Liana Guilarte, Group Publisher for Modern Luxury. The event took place Thursday, November 21st, at The Moore Building in the Miami Design District.

Congratulations to the winners of the 33rd annual Festival of the Trees:

Most Colorful: “Candela” by AECOM

Most Animated: “It’s All Relative” by Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates, Inc.

Most Progressive: “Respirations” by FIU RDF Lab

Most Sustainable: “Cross-Cultural Headgear” by TSAO Design Group

Most Creative: “Layers Through Time” by G. Alvarez Studio, Inc.

Most Elegant: “Glitz” by HKS Architects, Inc.

Most Whimsical: “Hold My Memphis” by CallisonRTKL

Most Illuminating: “Depths of Deco” by Gresham, Smith, & Partners

Most Thematic: “Games Archiving Games” by OBM International

Honorable Mention (Creative): “Carousel Through Time” by Cube 3

Honorable Mention (Thematic): “Vessel” by Stantec

Honorable Mention (Colorful): “Copasetic” by Zyscovich Architects

Two OBR Clients Honored at 5th Annual South Florida Business and Wealth Up & Comers Awards

The 2019 South Florida Business & Wealth “Up & Comers Awards” celebrates young professionals under the age of 40 who have achieved excellence in their careers, shown a commitment to their community, and demonstrated leadership.

This year our clients, Adriana Jaegerman, Senior Principal of Stantec and Jalal Farooq, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Engineer of Al-Farooq Corporation, were recognized as honorees in the Real Estate & Construction category.

This unique awards program focuses on their achievements in the workplace and their charitable and civic contributions. Many honorees have made their mark in senior-level positions or are on the fast track to do so. The selected winners were based on nominations by the public and SFBW research, and results were evaluated by the publication’s editorial team.

The event took place on Wednesday, June 12th at Sport of Kings Theatre at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach.

Al-Farooq Corporation Provides Largest Glass System in South Florida for New Dealership

Our client, Al-Farooq Corporation has played a vital role in the conceptual design and value engineering for North Miami’s new Warren Henry Auto Group showroom. The project, set to be completed in 2020, features a unique frameless high-impact storefront glass system with the largest single-glass panels approved and tested in South Florida.

Al-Farooq Corporation was brought onto the project to provide shop drawings and calculations including architectural plans and elevations. In addition, Al-Farooq Corporation prepared the testing program and product approval for the new system.

The development will include the largest single glass panel approved and tested for the South Florida market. Each span of glass measures 15 ½ feet tall x nearly 8 feet wide. With no vertical aluminum profiles, the glass system provides unobstructed views.

It is the first time a glass system of this size has been used in South Florida.  A total of 1,115 square feet of glass will be used for the project’s storefront.

For more information, read Glassonweb.com.

PCCSF Treats Baby With a Congenital Heart Disease

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Pediatric Critical Care of South Florida
 recently cared for Xander, a South Florida baby born with a congenital heart disease called critical aortic stenosis. PCCSF provided pre- and post-operative round-the-clock care ensuring that Xander’s condition remained stable before and after his heart transplant.

Pregnancy brings many wonderful moments: announcing the news to family and friends, baby showers, nesting and picking out cute outfits for the little one.

But for some couples, these happy moments are overshadowed by fear and uncertainty when they found out their baby faces a serious medical problem.

Alyssa Hopkins and Ray Nunez, of Boca Raton, was one such couple. They were happy to find out a son was on the way and the pregnancy seemed to be going well with the 20-week anatomic ultrasound appearing normal.

Though there was no indication of a problem, Hopkins decided to have another ultrasound at 34 weeks because “I was gigantic and thought he was going to come out 10 pounds. Little did I know at the time, it was a message from God because my results came back abnormal.”

To read the full article, visit the Sun Sentinel.

KoDA Integrates NYC’s Sidewalk Scaffolding Concept into New Apizza Brooklyn Restaurant in Miami

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The industrial New York City look was the inspiration for KoDA’s design of Apizza Brooklyn’s newest Miami location. The goal was to make the space innovative, creative and family friendly with more seating, brick, concrete, wood, and metal details.

KoDA recently completed the design of the new, 3,033 square foot Apizza Brooklyn restaurant, which just opened in Miami’s Coral Gables neighborhood. The space features an 80-person dining area, pizza bar, wine bar and wine cellar.

The interiors of the space were inspired by the scaffoldings seen throughout the ever-evolving New York City streets. This industrial element made usually of wooden planks and metal poles has become synonymous with the architectural experience of the city. KoDA implemented repurposed scaffolding throughout the space and turned it into a functional, yet alluring design detail for displaying carefully curated ingredients used in the kitchen and for providing additional storage space.

To read more and see photos check out the story in Dexigner.

Rap Star Lil Wayne Buys Choeff Levy Fischman Design for $17M

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One of Choeff Levy Fischman’s Tropical Modern luxury homes has caught the attention of another celebrity seeking an indoor-outdoor lifestyle. Lil Wayne recently purchased an Allison Island residence for almost $17 million. The Grammy Award-winning rapper is privy to Choeff Levy Fischman’s designs. His previous waterfront residence on La Gorce Circle was also designed by the award-winning architects.

The rapper’s new home sits right in the middle of the waterway leading to Biscayne Bay and the ocean. It features an atrium, living walls, and numerous water features.

The entire design for this home is to make it feel as though it is floating on water.
It begins with the pond that feels like a moat you have to cross to get to the front door—across slab steps that appear to rise up from the blue depths—and once indoors the moveable walls make it hard to tell where the outdoors starts and the indoors end. The seven-bedroom, ten-bathroom house, which sold for $16.75 million, is 10,472 square feet with 110 feet of water frontage. The picture above is a close up of the backyard to orient you into the ways of the floating concept the architect was going for.

To read more details on the home and see photos, read Forbes most recent feature here.

Choeff Levy Fischman is featured on PROFILE Miami

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Award-winning architecture and design firm Choeff Levy Fischman has completed another home on Miami Beach’s star-studded North Bay Road. The highly sought-after architects known for designing ultra-luxury single-family residences for the rich and famous have created a residential oasis for the ultimate indoor-outdoor living experience. The fully-furnished manse is on the market for $32M.

Miami Beach’s newest mega-mansion has been unveiled by EWM Realty International top-producer and Senior Vice President Nelson Gonzalez and designed by Choeff Levy Fischman, offering the ultimate in waterfront living and year-round entertainment.

“This is one of the most notable residences to enter Miami Beach’s prime real estate market,” said Gonzalez. “The attention to detail and expert craftsmanship within the estate is unparalleled, complemented by some of the best water views South Florida has to offer. The level of privacy and the number of high-end amenities being presented here cannot be overstated.”

Priced at $32 million, the residence comprises an eight-bedroom eight-bath main house, a four-bedroom four-bath guesthouse, and a cabana house. The ultra-luxe modern home was designed to blend the outdoors with inside with floor-to-ceiling glass sliding walls. The mansion is spread over 13,381 SF with 2,700 SF of covered outdoor space and a 3,000 SF rooftop deck which offers sweeping panoramas of Biscayne Bay and sunsets over the water.

 

To read more on this turnkey-ready home, visit PROFILE Miami’s online feature.

Miami Center for Architecture & Design Moves into New Space

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The Miami Center of Architecture & Design recently celebrated the grand opening of its new space. Located at 310 SE 1st St., it is in the heart of Downtown Miami, bringing visibility to the organization, and the design and build of the environment.

With community meeting space and educational programs, MCAD is the place for anyone who is interested in enhancing their appreciation for the city’s vibrant and unique architecture and design. MCAD is home to AIA Miami as well as the Downtown Miami Welcome Center, in partnership with the Miami Downtown Development Authority. The Welcome Center is everything Miami – cultural events, attractions, maps, history and more.  MCAD educates the public through exhibitions, lectures, tours, film series and other programs that aim to reveal the richness of design in Miami.

To stay up to date with MCAD’s events. Visit https://miamicad.org/.

SoLē Mia Continues Free Construction Training Program with CBT College for High School Students

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Earlier this year, Oleta Partners, developer of SoLē Mia, launched a free construction training program with CBT College for North Miami Senior High School seniors. After five months of hands-on training, a total of 10 students successfully graduated from the pilot program in August with diplomas in Building Construction Technology. Due to its success, Oleta Partners is continuing the program with 15 new NMSHS seniors.

The program is part of Oleta Partners’ commitment to providing opportunities that support the local North Miami community and that promote the growth in the industry. The program will help address the shortage of skilled laborers plaguing the construction industry by fostering a new generation of qualified construction workers.

For the next six months, the students will take courses in Plumbing, Electricity & Systems, A/C Systems, Building Construction, and REVIT 3D Modeling, among others that will introduce them to the construction industry. Students will learn from experienced faculty and receive at least 50 percent hands-on training time in the school’s laboratories.

Once students have completed the program, they will have earned a total of 21 college credits and will receive a diploma in Building Construction Technology. With their training and diploma, they will be prepared to enter the workforce as building construction technicians or assistants.

Wix and Stantec Redefine the Office

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When you think of an office, grass-colored carpets with cabanas, a pool table and hanging lounge chairs probably don’t come to mind, unless you work at Wix. Wix’s new office in Miami Beach redefines the office setting. Although they do a lot of web building, they left the architecture and design of the office to Stantec in Miami. Stantec kept in mind what Wix stands for and their innovative work ethic. They created a bright and energetic space with a lot of natural light, colors, and unique features, which were recently shared on Forbes.

Web building and design disruptor Wix has made it simple and fun for people of all skill levels to drag-and-drop design a business website. The platform is praised for its intuitive UX, attractive designs and supportive community. I took a tour through Wix’s Miami office, and chatted with Shelly Cohen, head of WixStores Business Development, and with U.S. Operations Manager Dax Pedraza about how Wix’s physical work spaces reflect the company’s open-minded and collaborative philosophy.

Regardless of what continent or country the office may be, “Wix has an open-minded environment and a unique vibe—and it starts with the office design,” says Cohen.

The interior design of every Wix office is characterized by bright colors, clear windows and proximity to the beach. In Miami, the office is located within footsteps of the Lincoln Road pedestrian thoroughfare, not to mention many famous restaurants and nightspots. That being said, the office still feels like a workplace—distant from the chaotic noise and odors of Miami Beach.

Designed by architecture firm Stantec, the Wix Miami office is an aesthetic treat from the minute the elevator opens into reception. The Wix sign is stenciled over a green wall, so the three letters are actually green moss. Immediately inside reception, three grownup-sized swings, with fake roses intertwined, beckon guests to come and kick their feet up.

To see more of this unique office space, visit Forbes.