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Old May 23rd, 2009, 06:17 AM   #21
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Old May 23rd, 2009, 10:58 PM   #22
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Old May 23rd, 2009, 11:19 PM   #23
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Old May 24th, 2009, 12:28 AM   #24
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Old May 24th, 2009, 06:12 AM   #25
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Old June 24th, 2009, 05:39 AM   #26
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Old June 24th, 2009, 05:41 AM   #27
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Old June 24th, 2009, 06:04 PM   #28
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can someone direct me to the Capital Towers at Brickell Thread, if there's even one. it would be much appreciated
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Old June 25th, 2009, 03:46 AM   #29
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Here's the link in the "Skyscrapers" thread, http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=597657 And here's the link in the Miami "Development News" thread which holds much more information, http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=520642
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Old July 8th, 2009, 07:33 AM   #31
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Glassy, modern and very sleek. I like it!

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Old July 9th, 2009, 01:32 PM   #32
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Old July 13th, 2009, 05:23 AM   #33
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Old July 13th, 2009, 11:50 AM   #34
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great pics QuantamX! This office tower and it's design has turned out to be better than the rendering and it adds so much to the Brickell skyline with the Espirito Santos tower right down the street as well.
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Old July 14th, 2009, 07:03 AM   #35
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great pics QuantamX! This office tower and it's design has turned out to be better than the rendering and it adds so much to the Brickell skyline with the Espirito Santos tower right down the street as well.
Thanks, Bobdreamz! The first one in my last postthe construction company likes a lot and are considering having it enlarged and/or framed.

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Old July 19th, 2009, 10:47 PM   #36
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This glass sure is getting a lot of hype. Let's hope it lives up to it and sets a new precedent new construction projects.

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Brickell office tower's windows exceed Florida building codes
A developer has shelled out millions to strengthen the glass walls of his Brickell Avenue office project.


A crane transports a window to an upper floor of 1450 Brickell Avenue being constructed by Coastal Construction where Iron Worker Eduardo Flores guides it into place. The high-rise claims to be the nation's most wind resistant building. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD
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After Hurricane Wilma raked Miami four years ago, developer Alan Ojeda picked his way down Brickell Avenue to survey his new apartment project, One Broadway.

Glass from shattered skyscrapers was everywhere, covering streets and One Broadway's roof and balconies. His high-rise -- built to the latest codes with laminated windows designed to endure ''small missiles'' like roof gravel -- had escaped unscathed.

Still, the surrounding damage troubled Ojeda. Crews spent days shoveling fist-sized shards off the 36-story roof -- bigger junk whirling higher than South Florida's vaunted hurricane coded addresses for high-rises.

Now, with Wilma's lesson in mind, Ojeda is putting the finishing touches on another new building, 1450 Brickell. His company bills it as the most wind-resistant glass-sided office tower in the nation. In a marketing release, its exterior wall contractor claims it withstood pressure tests in the lab equating to a 327-mph gust.

''The first thing we decided was we needed to protect the building,'' said Ojeda, chief executive of Miami-based Rilea Group. ``Obviously, the hurricane proved what the code says is not enough.''

In what building experts said appears to be a first in Florida for a commercial tower, the entire 35-story facade is being constructed with ''large missile'' impact glass, an upgrade adding millions to the $250 million project. Required for homes but only on the first 30 feet of taller buildings, the glass can withstand strikes from a nine-pound 2-by-4 stud.

There are some questions about the stunning 327-mph wind calculation. The director of the testing lab, A.A. ''Sak'' Sakhnovsky, whose Construction Research Laboratory in Miami pioneered testing building designs against the elements, acknowledged that ``it's probably a bit of a stretch.''

But Sakhnovsky also said the building, expected to open early next year, raises the bar on wind resistance.

''It was designed for extremely big loads, probably higher loads than we have ever tested,'' he said.

Despite questions from many engineers and building officials after Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma blew out thousands of building windows from Miami to Fort Lauderdale, window codes haven't changed much since 2005. ''Small missile'' windows -- tested by firing pea-sized ball bearings at panes -- remain the high-rise standard.

''If they are actually using glass that would pass the large-missile test, that's not something I have seen,'' said Tim Reinhold, vice president of engineering for the insurance-industry-supported Institute for Business and Home Safety in Tampa. ``To me, that sounds like a very positive step.''

Rick Dixon, executive director of the Florida Building Commission, which revises statewide building codes, said that level of protection typically applies only to facilities considered critical such as hospitals.

To a large degree, Wilma did the worst damage to towers erected before a strengthed 2000 code mandating windows with layers of plastic laminate. Buildings with those, including One Broadway, actually weathered Wilma well.

TOO RISKY

But Wilma was a 100-mph storm, not a major hurricane, and Ojeda decided that what worked in an apartment -- built with balconies and concrete block -- was too risky for an all-glass, high-end office high-rise.

''You have to look at it in a different way. You have to look at it as a body of glass,'' he said. ``Small missile is good. But what is better?''

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Damn, I wish they had gone taller with this one, but at least it breaks 500 feet!

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