Miami Market Makes a Comeback

When the recession hit Florida in 2007, the once-hot high-rise residential market in Miami quickly cooled. Langan’s Miami office was not immune to the downturn, but after six years of widespread economic uncertainty, the office has emerged with greater diversity in projects and clientele, as well as a new office in Fort Lauderdale. Furthermore, Langan leaders in Miami sought and secured projects throughout Florida, the Southeast, Latin America, and the Caribbean, which confirmed the office’s ability to support international development.

In the early 1970s, Langan established its reputation in South Florida by providing cost-effective, geotechnical innovations, including ground improvement techniques to allow shallow foundation support for high-rise towers and large structures such as the Omni Hotel, One Brickell Square, South Point Tower, Sun Life (Dolphins) Stadium, and numerous residential towers in Aventura. More recently, the Miami office engineered award-winning foundations at the Four Seasons Hotel, the Fontainebleau Resort & Spa, Marina Blue, the Marquis, the American Airlines Arena, and the Westin Diplomat Hotel, all of which define the dynamic skylines of South Florida’s coast and urban centers.

Langan has successfully integrated environmental and site/civil engineering into its service offerings throughout Florida. Recently, Langan’s environmental group designed a treatment system to manage arsenic and sediment in dewatering discharge for the new Marlins Park. On the site/civil front, Langan engineered highly visible projects including 1400 Biscayne Boulevard and The Promenade at Coconut Creek Lifestyle Center in Broward County, as well as large residential developments in Central and North Florida.

 

During the recession, Langan also expanded into institutional and federal markets, providing a variety of engineering services for projects at the University of Miami, Florida International University, the Miami VA Hospital, and the Couva Hospital in Trinidad. The Miami office also played key technical roles in major infrastructure projects such as the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway Pump Station project in New Orleans, the largest pump station in the world, and the high-profile Port of Miami Tunnel.

The first large-diameter tunnel project constructed in Florida, the Port of Miami Tunnel consists of twin 42-foot-diameter tubes below the main shipping channel, connecting the port directly to an interstate highway. This connection alleviates traffic congestion in downtown Miami. Langan’s Miami office is the geotechnical engineer of record and part of the design-build team led by Bouygues Civil Works Florida and Jacobs Engineering. The project is being delivered as a public-private partnership, and is set to be completed within budget and on schedule in the spring of 2014.

“The recession was a difficult time for everyone in Florida, but it is now in our rear view mirror,” said Cristina Gonzalez, Langan Senior Principal in the Miami office. “Today, our Florida practice covers and transcends the state and country. We have become a go-to consultant throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and with the recent opening of our Fort Lauderdale office, we can better support clients in Broward and Palm Beach Counties.”

Evidence of Langan’s leadership in South Florida was on display this month when we hosted “Miami Underground: How Deep Can You Go?” This highly-informative and well-attended seminar focused on overcoming the development, design and construction challenges presented by the region’s challenging subsurface and groundwater conditions. To learn more about the issues covered in this program and our Florida practice, contact Cristina Gonzalez at cgonzalez@langan.com.