900 Biscayne BayEdit profile
900 Biscayne Bay is a skyscraper in the City of Miami, Florida, United States. It is located in northeastern Downtown, and forms part of the Biscayne Wall, a series of skyscrapers visible from Biscayne Bay along the west side of Biscayne Boulevard. It opened for residential occupancy in early 2008. The tower is 650 feet (200 m) tall and has 63 floors. The building currently stands as the 4th-tallest building in Miami and in the state of Florida, behind the Four Seasons Hotel Miami, Wachovia Financial Center and Marquis Miami. It also stands as the 2nd-tallest all-residential building in the city and the state. 900 Biscayne Bay is located across the street from Ten Museum Park, another recently completed Miami residential high-rise, near Bicentennial Park and American Airlines Arena in northern Biscayne Boulevard. It is also adjacent to the Park West Metromover station. The tower is part of the series of skyscrapers along Biscayne Boulevard known as the Biscayne Wall. Originally planned to rise 712 feet (217 m) and 65 floors, the building went through a height reduction during its construction, with a decorative rooftop spire and two floors being removed from the final plans. The 1.5 million square foot (139,000 m²) tower will have 516 residential condominiums and 800 parking spaces. There are eleven typical units on each of the lower floors, with two-level townhomes and penthouses on the uppermost floors. The bottom three floors will consist of a three story lobby, retail shops, restaurant and outdoor café. Units range in price from $427,000 - $3,000,000 (2005 USD). The three storey main lobby is located 18ft above the ground and there is a separate porte cochere entrance and lobby for the offices. The architect designed the facades so as to have a perfect view of the Bay, by angling the building in the right proportions. The rooftop of 900 Biscayne Bay looks as if it were disturbed by wind. Post-tensioned slabs with concrete shear walls and columns (up to 12 ksi strength) comprised the primary structure, but other aspects for this project required innovative and creative analysis (e.g., site settlement during construction, creep/shortening analysis of vertical members and effects on slab levelness, quantifying creep and designing slabs between shear walls with the goal of eliminating pour strips.) The primary structural design for this project was performed in less than 3 months in order to meet overall project scheduling needs.