Miami Tower

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lit as American flag for Independence Day, President's Day & Veterans Day © Averette

lit as American flag for Independence Day, President’s Day & Veterans Day © Averette

The Miami Tower is a 47-story, landmark office skyscraper in Miami, Florida, United States. It is located in central Downtown. It is currently the 16th tallest building in Miami and Florida. On April 18, 2012, the AIA‘s Florida Chapter placed it on its list of Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places as the Bank of America Tower.

Built for CenTrust Bank in 1987, the 47-story building ranks in the top twenty tallest skyscrapers in Miami and in Florida at a height of 625 feet (191 m) and is known for its elaborate night-time illuminations and its dramatic three glass tiers. Designed by the Pei Cobb Freed & Partners architectural firm, the tower consists of two separate structures: A 10-story parking garage owned by the city and the 47-story office tower built upon the air rights of the garage. Preliminary planning for the tower began in February 1980; construction on the garage began by November. The garage was completed in February 1983 and the tower began construction a year later. On August 1984, while the tower was under construction, a 5-alarm fire began on the ninth floor; construction was subsequently delayed for several weeks. On December 15, 1985, the tower was lit for the first time in Miami Dolphins aqua and snowflakes.

lit white on most nights of the year © Averette/cc-by-sa-4.0 lit yellow on several nights of the year © Marc Averette/cc-by-sa-1.0 © Averette/cc-by-3.0 lit as American flag for Independence Day, President's Day & Veterans Day © Averette lit blue and decorated with snowflake lights for Christmas Seasons © Averette/cc-by-3.0 lit pink for National Breast cancer awareness month © Marc Averette lit red and purple for Valentine's Day - Averette/cc-by-sa-1.0
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lit blue and decorated with snowflake lights for Christmas Seasons © Averette/cc-by-3.0
By mid-1986, the tower’s exterior was complete and the grand opening for the complex was set for early fall that same year. Due to the uneven settling of the tower’s foundation to one side by several inches, and the resulting misalignment of the tower’s elevator rails, the grand opening for the complex was delayed until February 1987. The complete complex featured the world’s only elevated metro station in a skyscraper (Knight Center station). It also gained notoriety for its luxurious interiors, including a skylobby on the 11th floor covered in marble and gold and a 10,000 sq ft (930 m²) outdoor terrace. Also its indoor gym features mahogany cabinets. The tower is connected to the James L. Knight Center by a pedestrian walkway and on the first floor is a retail spine covered with green marble. The tower contains 1.16 million square feet (108,000 m²) with 503,000 sq ft (46,700 m²) of office space and a 535,000 sq ft (49,700 m²), 1,500 space parking garage.

The tower’s three tiers allow it to have multiple color schemes in tribute to certain holidays and seasons. In 2012, a $1.5 million LED system was installed on the tower to allow for more elaborate displays with a much quicker transition time.

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