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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.

Stantec’s Design Expert, Jon Cardello, In INDULGE Miami Magazine

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From Miami’s urban core to the shoreline, Stantec’s Jon Cardello has helped reshape the South Florida skyline with many high-profile development projects. Drawing from over 20 years of planning and design expertise, Jon organizes building forms, building uses, and sustainable design techniques to create dynamic, multi-faceted spaces, which promote enjoyment, wellness, and productivity.

Jon Cardello develops the overall corporate strategy, business development and marketing of Stantec’s growing commercial sector practice in South Florida and throughout the U.S. Cardello’s planning and design expertise in high-profile residential, mixed-use, hospitality and workspace project spans more than 20 years. Projects include Solitair Brickell, Luma at Miami World Center, Eve at the District, Midtown 29, Midtown 8, The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach and Atelier in Dallas. Cardello and his team have also helped to reshape the famed Collins Avenue in Miami Beach with the restoration of seven historic Art Deco hotels.

Check out the article to read his interview with INDULGE Magazine.

 

Hospitality Leaders Discuss Industry Trends at Miami Hospitality Designs Awards Panel

dsc_4812-copyTop leaders in South Florida’s hospitality industry gathered yesterday for the Miami Hospitality Design Awards’ inaugural panel discussion, Distinctive Hospitality Design in Miami’s Evolving Neighborhoods.

 Hosted by the award’s founders Oberhausen Marketing & Public Relations, the Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association and AIA Miami Chapter and in support of IIDA South Florida, the panel took place at the Hyatt Centric Brickell.  The panelists included Stantec Director of Interiors, Susan LaFleur; The Barlington Group Co-founder, Bill Fuller; and The Genuine Hospitality Group Chef and Owner, Michael Schwartz.

Moderated by Indulge Magazine Editor in Chief, Evan Benn, the panelists discussed how consumer demands are affecting hospitality architecture, design and programming.

 Downtown Miami, Brickell, Wynwood, Little Havana, and Coconut Grove are some of these evolving neighborhoods that have emerged with their own distinctive identity.

“We take into account what speaks to us about the neighborhood and translate it into the architecture and interiors to make each project relatable to its location,” said Susan LaFleur.

“Although the food has to be great, I’ve always said it’s not the one thing that makes a restaurant successful,” said Michael Schwartz. “We want our restaurants to fit with the neighborhood, so we look at where we are, what we’re trying to accomplish and how that plays into the design.”

“Little Havana is a passion project for me because of my Cuban American background,” said Bill Fuller. “We seek out historic properties in Miami to give them a new life, but always wrap the property’s history into what we do to keep the building’s and neighborhood’s authenticity.”

The panel is part of the awards’ program leading up to the second annual Miami Hospitality Design Awards to be held in spring 2019. The awards will honor the architects and designers whose hospitality projects have enriched Miami’s built environment. Next year’s awards will include new categories, giving additional designers an opportunity to showcase their work.

Stay tuned for details on the 2019 Miami Hospitality Design Awards by visiting http://miamidesignawards.com.

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Stantec Breaks Ground on Atelier in the Dallas Arts District

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Global architecture and design firm Stantec has broken ground on Atelier, the 41-story residential building located in the heart of the Dallas Arts District. Atelier, which means “artist workshop”, is designed to support the District’s local artists and residents with an appreciation for the arts and urban living.

The mixed-use high-rise will feature 364 luxury residential units and 52 mixed-income artist’s lofts that include 43 affordable artist residences. The project also includes an amenity deck with a pool, 15,000 square-feet of retail and gallery and exhibit space.

“Atelier is being built on the idea of patronage. The building’s modern design will integrate with its neighboring performing and visual arts venues, while also supporting local artists, residents and community members who share a common need to create beauty,” said Andrew Burnett, principal at Stantec’s Miami office, which is leading the architecture and interior design of Atelier.

After years of waiting, developers are set to break ground today on Atelier, which in its most recent incarnation is a 41-story luxury high‐rise in the Dallas Arts District.

The mixed‐use development, which is marketing itself as the tallest rental tower in the Dallas area, will be comprised of 364 residential tower units with sweeping views of Uptown and downtown Dallas.

The project between the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center will have over 26,000 square feet of amenity space and 15,000 square feet of onsite retail.

Atelier is also planned to be home to Flora Lofts, 52 affordable artist lofts developed by DFW architect Graham Greene.

In addition, there will be 157 hourly‐fee public parking spaces in the underground structure and 553 resident spaces in a 10‐story parking garage.

Orlando-based multifamily developer Zom Living is developing Atelier in partnership with affiliates of Daiwa House Texas Inc. and Itochu Corp.

To read more, visit The Dallas Business Journal.

17 West Mixed-Use Development in Miami Beach Tops Off

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Architecture and design firm Stantec, Grycon, Turnberry Associates and Elion Partners celebrated the topping off of the five-story 17 West mixed-use development, which includes residences and Miami’s second Trader Joe’s grocery store. Located on 17th Street between Alton Road and West Avenue in Miami Beach, the 185,388 square foot project will include 23 residential units, a rooftop pool deck with a gym, ground level commercial space and a public garage with 193 parking spaces. The residential units range from one bedroom to three bedrooms. The project is scheduled for completion in January 2019.

Midtown 8 Residential Development in Midtown Miami Tops Off

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Architecture and design firm Stantec, Kast Construction and developer Wood Partners celebrated the topping off of the 28-story Midtown 8 residential development located on a two-acre site at 2901 and 2951 NE 1st Avenue in Midtown Miami. The mixed-use development includes 387 residences, retail space and parking.

When completed in May 2019, Midtown 8 will feature 30,000 sq. ft. of commercial space, an amenity deck above an attached 519-car garage, 27 Citi Bike spots, a clubhouse, a landscaped linear outdoor space with dog walk area and a colorful mural art wall expressive of the neighborhood. The residential units range from studios, one-bedrooms, two-bedrooms, and three-bedroom penthouses with elevated ceilings.

Other residential amenities include a co-working space in the lobby, spacious hammock garden, a rocking chair lounge area, yoga studio, demonstration kitchen and juice bar. The outdoor amenity spaces will have lush greenery and green walls creating an inviting and relaxing oasis for residents.

Stantec Designing Amenity-Driven Residential Buildings to Attract Millennials

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South Florida developers and architects are challenged to attract millennials by meeting both the price points and features that millennials are seeking. Multifamily residential developers must even re-think pricing, technological amenities, transportation and parking elements if they want to attract young buyers and renters. Architecture and design firm Stantec in Miami is implementing co-working spaces, communal kitchens and billiard lounges in their designs to appeal to this growing population. Their projects offer residents all the modern amenities to be expected of an upscale apartment community in an urban setting. According to Jon Cardello, Vice President of Stantec’s Miami office, “communal kitchens, like the ones at Vu New River in Fort Lauderdale, are a popular amenity for millennials. They are more likely to eat out or order takeout than cook at home, so they can have smaller kitchens in their apartments. The communal kitchens, with several ovens and a host of cooking appliances, allow them to throw parties and host family gatherings.”

Developers in South Florida are changing how they plan and design homes to attract the fast-growing millennial population, a group that faces unique challenges in the residential market.

Their construction initiatives are critical to preserving the building industry’s future bottom line. But businesses and cities have a stake, too. With more than 75 million people nationwide, the millennial generation will soon make up the heart of the workforce, and companies will decide to locate and grow in communities that can attract them.

“We are competing more with other cities in other states for housing options for them,’’ said Art Falcone, managing principal of Boca Raton-based Encore Capital Management.

For local developers, millennials present a huge opportunity – and a big challenge. The tri-county region ranks near the bottom among major metropolitan areas for millennials as a share of the total population, and leads the nation for the highest percentage of young people living with their parents.

High housing prices, below-average wages, and a strained transportation network present major obstacles to homeownership for millennials here. Deep college debt also means many recent graduates are on a tight budget, so they must be prudent with housing costs.

But developers are adapting, offering price points and features that differ from South Florida’s traditional garden apartments and country club communities to appeal to millennials.

To read the full story, visit South Florida Business Journal.

Stantec to Design the First YotelPad Condo on the East Coast in Downtown Miami

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Stantec has been chosen for the architecture and interior design of the first YotelPad Condo on the East Coast in Downtown Miami. YotelPad Miami, an evolution from hotel to condo, will feature innovative, efficient spaces for hotel guests and condo owners. The project will include 208 residential units and 250 hotel rooms.

The first YotelPad condo on the East Coast will be part of the Yotel hotel project planned in downtown Miami.

This is the latest change to the 45-story project that has been in the works at 227 N.E. 2nd St. It will now have 208 residential units, ranging from 425-square-foot studios to 700-square-foot units with two bedrooms. Prices will start in the $250,000 range. Since they are a “micro unit” size, the floor plans will integrate the living, kitchen and dining areas into a single room to maximize space. Each unit will also have a dedicated storage space.

The project will also have 250 hotel rooms on the floor below the condos. There would be no on-site parking, so residents could use nearby garages.

The Yotel project is led by Aria Development Group and AQARAT, a Kuwaiti real estate company.

“Downtown Miami is emerging as a high-energy place to live, shop and work,” said David Arditi, principal of Aria Development Group. “With YotelPad Miami, we are meeting the strong demand for service-oriented, urban-chic apartments. In addition, owners have the unique opportunity to participate in a short-term rental program. Together with the Yotel brand, we are delivering a thoughtful, value-luxury experience in a dynamic location.”

Condo owners will have access to the hotel’s common areas and amenities, such as a coffee bar, a restaurant and bar, a fitness center, co-working space, a pool deck and a pet spa. The residents will also have an exclusive sky lounge with a game room, luxury living room and a chef’s kitchen.

Stantec is the architect of the project and the condo sales will be handled by One World Properties. The developers hope to compete the project in 2020.

To read the full story, visit South Florida Business Journal.

Stantec Workplace Design Expert Discusses Office Kitchen Trends with WSJ

kitchenFor Michelle Scholtes, the secret to putting together a gourmet office lunch is the cooking toolkit she keeps at work. Ms. Scholtes, who is 30 years old, relies on mini salad tongs, a small cutting board, a paring knife, salt and pepper shakers, a miniature chef’s knife and two titanium sporks. She uses them in the kitchen of the non-profit in Washington where she works. Her favorite utensil is a silicone spatula with which she caramelizes onions and grills peaches for a savory goat cheese salad, she says.

Cubicle dwellers are stocking everything from chef’s knives to avocado slicers at their desks and bringing in ready-to-cook ingredients like those in DIY meal kits. The result is more time spent stirring—and socializing—in the office kitchen. The trend is taking off among young workers who are foodies but want to save money by not going out, says Diane Stegmeier, a consultant who helps companies manage change in the workplace. “We are seeing an emphasis on not just eating healthy, but also eating with others,” she says.

Gabriella Casimir, 25, a community manager for a co-working firm in New York City, sticks to just a few ingredients that can stay fresh in the office pantry. As far as ingredients, “I try to keep it minimal,” she says. One of her favorite lunches is summer rolls, an eggroll-type concoction that doesn’t require frying. To create it, Ms. Casimir uses warm water to transform crunchy rice paper into a soft shell. She stuffs it mostly with vegetables and “rolls into a burrito.” She uses the company blender to create a mango peanut dipping sauce or a creamy cilantro aioli.

While there are few hard-and-fast rules for cooking in the office, one no-no is fish, says Francesca Cwynar, a 28-year-old public-relations manager. “Even cold tuna smells pretty extra,” she says. To keep the open-plan office where she works from smelling like weekend brunch, Ms. Cwynar swaps morsels of unsmoked pancetta into recipes that call for bacon, which can be too strong for the office.

Microwaving certain vegetables is off-limits, too, because some can smell as bad as boiled eggs. “There’s nothing worse than someone who has microwaved a whole pack of Brussels sprouts,” says Ms. Scholtes, who adds that she avoids strong spices including cumin because the aroma can linger the entire day.

That said, people seem to like the aroma of melted cheese and tomato sauce. Ms. Cwynar keeps garlic, canned chickpeas and other non-perishables at her desk for an impromptu winter stew. She uses lunch as an excuse to step away from her email and “stimulate some good thoughts,” she says.

Quick and easy cleanup is key for Desiree Tizon, who keeps coconut oil, all-purpose seasoning and aluminum foil at her desk. Ms. Tizon often brings a sealed plastic sandwich bag of marinated tofu to the Weston, Fla., software firm where she works. She broils the tofu in the office’s convection oven to make it crunchy, and uses the oven’s bottom tray to cook asparagus or a sweet potato, which she pops in just before the lunch rush. Earlier in the day, she might use the same oven to make a breakfast frittata of egg whites and vegetables.

In recent years, Helen of Troy’s Oxo brand has introduced tiny sauce bottles, a microwave omelet maker and silicone baking cups for making mini frittatas. Many of the products are small enough to stash in a tote to customize meals on the go, says Karen Schnelwar, Oxo’s vice president of global brand strategy and marketing. A hand-held spiralizer, launched in 2015, cuts vegetables—including zucchini—into noodle shapes and can fit in a desk drawer. “We see a lot of people ‘zoodling’ in the middle of the day,” Ms. Schnelwar says.

Corporate kitchens are taking over larger, windowed spaces. Some are equipped with appliances and smaller kitchen gadgets such as waffle makers or panini grills, which appeal to office cooks, says Barbara Savage, a Miami-based senior associate at Stantec, a design consultancy. The option to cook in the middle of the day encourages a fun company culture where people can gather for lunchtime guacamole competitions, Ms. Savage says. Building codes prevent businesses from installing stoves, she says, but “you can make a batch of cookies in a toaster.”

To read the full story, visit The Wall Street Journal.

Stantec Set to Design Park-Line Miami and WPB Interiors

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Park-Line West Palm is expected to be completed next year while Park-Line Miami, which will rise at MiamiCentral, is slated for completion in 2019. Both projects are located next to new All Aboard Florida Brightline Express Train stations, which will run between Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and, eventually, Orlando.

The design concept for Park-Line Miami is “the timeless traveler,” as the release states, with “rich leathers inspired by antique luggage and travel bags, warm woods, creamy neutral tones, and deep blues are incorporated to create a sophisticated and inviting environment.”

Stantec will design Park-Line Miami’s lobby, residential units, and curate the furniture for the amenity deck, the latter including a yoga pavilion, a dog park, a running track, a movie screening area, and a resort-style pool. The twin towers have just begun vertical construction.

For Park-Line West Palm Beach, the project will feature “tones of rich purple complemented by warmer tones of yellow” and a “dripping diamonds tile wall” that “gradients from purple to gold and silver tones.” Amenities there include a game room, a dog park, and a dog spa.

To view more images of the project, view Curbed Miami.