Construction Today 2018 - Volume 16, Issue 3 - 167
Respecting the Planet
Plaza Construction says it is a proponent
of the green movement. "With accredited
professionals, we stand ready to assist
our clients in finding the right balance
between project costs and desired LEED
levels," it says.
"We have over $4 billion in sustainable projects representing every LEED
level of achievement - Certified, Silver,
Gold and Platinum - and take our responsibility to the environment seriously," Plaza Construction says. "It has been
and continues to be our mission to build
projects of lasting value that not only
enhance our surroundings, but respect
The exoskeleton consists of columns
formed by glass fiber-reinforced concrete
(GFRC) panels. But each one has a unique
shape and size that was fabricated in Dubai
before being shipped to the Port of Miami
and distributed on the job site.
This goes against the standard method,
Meltzer says. "The way concrete is typically made and prepared is using plywood
forms," he describes. "The concrete gets
formed and the plywood is stripped."
But in this case, the cases of GFRC act
as the plywood forms. "Once the concrete
sets, the straps that holds these together are
removed, and the GFRC becomes the façade
of the building," he says. "It's the first of its
kind that we're aware of in the world."
A New Little City
"We should be delivering condominium
units to end users towards the end of this
year," he says, adding that he is proud of
the building's structure, which features an
exoskeleton designed by Zaha Hadid and
DeSimone Consulting Engineers.
Plaza Construction also is at work on the
Paraiso Bay District, which consists of four
condominium towers. These are the Paraiso
Bay, the Paraiso Bay Views, One Paraiso
and Grand Paraiso, all of which will be in
Miami's Edgewater neighborhood.
"They all range from 48 to 52 stories,"
Meltzer reports, adding that all four will
be located within a block of each other.
Paraiso Bay, he adds, has already received
its temporary certificate of occupancy, and
the remaining three will be delivered later
"We've literally created a new neighborhood," Meltzer says, noting that projects like
the Paraiso Bay District require extensive
teamwork and collaboration.
"Building one project is difficult enough,"
he says. "But the roads, streets and infraTSC Southeast is a turnkey provider of construction safety solutions. We specialize in the
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