Three Brickell City Centre Welcomes Akerman with Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Mayor Regalado joins Akerman and Swire Properties to celebrate the opening of Brickell City Centre’s Completed Office Tower and First Tenants.

Swire Properties Inc, one of South Florida’s leading international developers of real estate, hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially welcome Florida’s largest law firm, Akerman LLP, as the lead office tenant at Three Brickell City Centre. The celebration marks the opening of the first office tenant in the massive $1.05 billion Brickell City Centre, the mixed-use development nearing completion in the heart of Brickell.

Miami city leaders, along with the senior teams from Akerman and Swire Properties, gathered on March 1st for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the entrance of Three Brickell City Centre, one of Brickell City Centre’s two Class-A office towers, to celebrate the launch and completion of the first component in the 5.4 million square-foot mixed-use development, which also includes a shopping center, two luxury condominium towers and a hotel.  This is the first new office tower in Brickell in five years.

“Brickell City Centre is a part of Miami history,” said Mayor Regalado during a speech at the event. “It is an extraordinary development that has given us a tool to market Miami to the world. Brickell City Centre is a symbol that Miami has come back.”

Notable attendees included:

Stephen Owens, President of Swire Properties Inc
Andrew M. Smulian, Chairman and CEO of Akerman
Tomás Regalado, Mayor, City of Miami
Alberto Parjus, Assistant City Manager, City of Miami
Luciana Gonzalez, Assistant Director, Planning & Zoning, City of Miami
Ed Santamaria, Director, Public Works, City of Miami
Juvenal Santana, Deputy Director, Public Works, City of Miami
Eloy Garcia, Chief, Assistant Fire Chief/Fire Marshal, City of Miami
Vanessa Acosta, Director, NET, City of Miami

“Brickell City Centre is no longer an aspiration but a reality, said Stephen Owens, president of Swire Properties Inc, “Today’s ceremony is a testament to the vision, hard work and dedication of Swire Properties and 11 Miami agencies coming together; it is a true private and public partnership.”

Akerman is the largest law firm in Florida and the biggest lead office tenant committed to the project, taking up 110,500 square-feet, or 80 percent, of the tower’s Class-A office space. Akerman received its temporary certificate of occupancy in January and moved into Three Brickell City Centre over the weekends of Feb. 12 and 19.

Akerman’s office introduces a new concept to the Miami legal market by incorporating intentional design elements, including a conference center that accommodates up to 300 people, a café, common areas and war rooms. Akerman’s name will be displayed on the building’s rooftop.

Andrew Smulian, Chairman and CEO of Akerman, said “There is real value in having our law firm surrounded by the Climate Ribbon, one of the most stunning and innovative pieces of environmental architecture in North America. It reminds us what is possible when you dare to design new solutions to old problems.”

Designed by award-winning architectural firm, Arquitectonica, the 12-story all-glass tower is the only office building in the Brickell area with a Metromover attached to its structure. It is also LEED gold pre-certified. The second office tower, Two Brickell City Centre, is expected to open later this year.

In addition to the two office towers, Brickell City Centre also comprises the first EAST hotel outside of Asia by Swire Hotels, a three-floor 500,000 square-foot  premium shopping complex anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue, and two condominium towers, REACH and RISE, all of which are set to debut this year.

About Brickell City Centre

Brickell City Centre is a landmark $1.05 billion, 5.4 million square foot mixed‐use development in downtown Miami from Swire Properties Inc, one of South Florida’s leading international developers of real estate known for its $1 billion master‐planned development of Brickell Key. The project’s first phase includes a luxury and premium shopping center, two residential towers, a hotel with residences, and two mid-rise office towers. The project is LEED®-registered for Neighborhood Development – currently one of the largest in the U.S. Sustainability elements include the $30 million CLIMATE RIBBON™; a masterpiece of art and science, the elevated trellis will span 150,000 square feet, connecting the project’s three city blocks and acting as an environmental management system. As the largest private-sector project currently under construction in Miami, Brickell City Centre began vertical construction in 2013 and the first phase of construction began completion end of 2015. Phase II is scheduled for commencement end of 2017. More information is available at

MIAMI | March 02, 2016

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