McKENZIE Renovates Historical Overtown Building into New Co-working Space

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McKENZIE has completed the renovation of the historical New Providence Lodge building in Overtown into Tribe Urban Innovation Lab and Cowork, a multi-use, co-working space that will focus on serving local, African American youth and the South Florida entrepreneur community.

McKENZIE’s design creates a flexible workspace that contains design elements that are in tune with the evolving workplace and the needs of today’s entrepreneurial workforce.

Owned by Felecia Hatcher and Derick Pearson, both successful entrepreneurs working to provide opportunities for African Americans to thrive in the tech industry, Tribe will house Code Fever and BlackTech Week, two nonprofits founded by Hatcher and Pearson that help build and diversify startup ecosystems and support African American entrepreneurs, as well as several black-owned businesses.

McKenzie, a boutique design, build, and custom fabrication firm recently completed the renovation of the two-story, 3,700-sf New Providence Lodge building in the Overtown neighborhood of Miami.

The building, which once housed a Freemason chapter during the Jim Crow era, is now the Tribe Urban Innovation Lab and Cowork, a multi-use, co-working space with a maker lab, classrooms, and collaborative event and hangout spaces. The idea is for the new space to primarily serve local, African-American youth.

Many of the building’s original features were preserved, such as the original wood ceiling and steel beams. These restored historical elements add a visual contrast to the collaborative workspace’s clean and modern finishes.

To read the full story, visit Building Design + Construction.

PCCSF Treats South Florida Toddler for the Flu

Pediatric Critical Care of South Florida’s Dr. Allan Greissman shared with Local 10 News the story of Michael, a 3-year-old Ft. Lauderdale boy who recently underwent critical treatment for the flu.

During this deadly flu season, the CDC is reporting 53 child deaths and is warning that we have not seen the worst of it yet. According to Dr. Greissman, the most common reason for a child with the flu to be admitted to PCCSF is high-grade fever or dehydration. Michael, like many patients who are admitted to PCCSF, began to suffer from “end-organ disease” as he fought off the flu.

Michael is a reminder of how dangerous this flu season is and the importance of getting the flu shot.

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Michael celebrated his 3rd birthday at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, the pediatric unit of Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood.

His mom said he first got a rash and complained of joint pain. Then he had a fever. Eventually, tests showed the toddler was infected with an aggressive form of the flu.

“Michael had a lot of what we call ‘end organ disease.’ It affected his neurological status, it affected his heart,” Dr. Allan Greissman said. “It affected his kidneys, it affected his lungs and it affected his liver.”

Greissman, a pediatric critical care specialist at Pediatric Critical Care of South Florida at the hospital, said Michael is recovering, but Dylan Winnick was not so lucky. The 12-year-old from West Palm Beach is among the 53 other children who have died of the flu around the nation. The Centers for Disease Control had bad news again Friday. The flu season has intensified and there are more weeks of suffering ahead.

One of every 14 visits to doctors and clinics were for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. That’s the highest level since the swine flu pandemic in 2009. Last week, 42 states reported high patient traffic for the flu, up from 39.

Hospital stays because of the flu also increased.

To read the full story, visit Local 10 News.

Pediatric Critical Care of South Florida Featured on Local 10 2-2-18 from Diana Somarriba on Vimeo.

Stantec to Design the First YotelPad Condo on the East Coast in Downtown Miami

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Stantec has been chosen for the architecture and interior design of the first YotelPad Condo on the East Coast in Downtown Miami. YotelPad Miami, an evolution from hotel to condo, will feature innovative, efficient spaces for hotel guests and condo owners. The project will include 208 residential units and 250 hotel rooms.

The first YotelPad condo on the East Coast will be part of the Yotel hotel project planned in downtown Miami.

This is the latest change to the 45-story project that has been in the works at 227 N.E. 2nd St. It will now have 208 residential units, ranging from 425-square-foot studios to 700-square-foot units with two bedrooms. Prices will start in the $250,000 range. Since they are a “micro unit” size, the floor plans will integrate the living, kitchen and dining areas into a single room to maximize space. Each unit will also have a dedicated storage space.

The project will also have 250 hotel rooms on the floor below the condos. There would be no on-site parking, so residents could use nearby garages.

The Yotel project is led by Aria Development Group and AQARAT, a Kuwaiti real estate company.

“Downtown Miami is emerging as a high-energy place to live, shop and work,” said David Arditi, principal of Aria Development Group. “With YotelPad Miami, we are meeting the strong demand for service-oriented, urban-chic apartments. In addition, owners have the unique opportunity to participate in a short-term rental program. Together with the Yotel brand, we are delivering a thoughtful, value-luxury experience in a dynamic location.”

Condo owners will have access to the hotel’s common areas and amenities, such as a coffee bar, a restaurant and bar, a fitness center, co-working space, a pool deck and a pet spa. The residents will also have an exclusive sky lounge with a game room, luxury living room and a chef’s kitchen.

Stantec is the architect of the project and the condo sales will be handled by One World Properties. The developers hope to compete the project in 2020.

To read the full story, visit South Florida Business Journal.

McKENZIE Transforms Bus Into BE TIME, A High-End Mobile Meditation Studio Serving Busy New Yorkers

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New York City is home to high-strung investment bankers, overworked executives, and countless entrepreneurs with busy, fast-paced lifestyles synonymous with the Big Apple. Determined to bring mindfulness and peace to the city that never sleeps, Carla Hammond, an experienced nonprofit employee for startups across New York, commissioned Miami-based McKENZIE to convert a mid-size Temsa TS35 coach bus into BE TIME, New York City’s first-ever unique and upscale mobile meditation studio.

Officially rolling into the streets of New York today, BE TIME will provide busy New Yorkers a quiet, cozy space where they can practice meditation and get away from their hectic schedules. Read more about the bus and McKENZIE’s work in designboom below.

The people of New York City will be receiving its first-ever unique mobile meditation studio this month. BE TIME, CEO and founder, Carla Hammond, an avid non-profit worker in the new york to many start-up organizations for many years found her love for meditation and wellness at the age of 15 and now busy with twins, decided to build a distinctive meditation studio to bring mindfulness to busy new yorkers at their convenience — BE TIME will offer a launch event to the general public on Monday, January 22nd at Madison Square Park for free classes 8am-2pm.

BE TIME has been created to provide a space that is quiet, cozy, unexpected and can hold people in their meditation practice while taking a break from busy days. The moving studio will have experienced instructors guiding in-person meditation classes at 30-minute intervals. Because the BE TIME is mobile, its able to access more people and more places. ‘You move, we move,’ Carla says. On top of the 30 minute guided practices, BE TIME will also offer ‘open space’ hours where meditators are welcome to hop in and perform their own practice. BE TIME invites people to come in, and take a breath from the urban hustle while in a serene space that incorporates self-care bonuses: aromatherapy, light + chromotherapy and weighted blankets to add to your meditation experience. BE TIME is a fully transformative 30 min ‘mind break’ with extra add-ons to help soothe you through the practice.

The BE TIME bus was designed by a power duo couple of architects (Rolando Rodriguez Leal and Natalia Wrzask), founders of Aidia Studio. The duo has worked with Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel’s Louvre in Abu Dhabi and more. McKENZIE, a Miami-based boutique design, build and custom fabrication firm partnered with Aidia Studio to make the design vision come to life. McKENZIE transformed the vehicle into a high-tech mobile studio through the custom fabrication of unique laser cut wall panels, and coordination of the design of all the audio and lighting components, ensuring all the complex design features came together harmoniously. Additionally, they built out all technicalities in the process: generators, sound insulation, extra-air conditionings, best systems to sustain paneling and led structure.

To read the full story, visit designboom.

Why Amazon Should Choose Miami for HQ2

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Yesterday, it was announced that Miami made Amazon’s top 20 list of potential cities for its second headquarters, HQ2. The new facility will cost at least $5 billion to construct and operate and will create as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs. Home to a diverse population that is entrepreneurial by nature, here’s why we think Miami is the perfect spot for Amazon’s HQ2:

– Jeff Bezos is a Miami Palmetto Senior High alumnus! In 1982, he was valedictorian, a National Merit Scholar and Silver Knight award winner, and he was already beginning to make big plans for his future. I guess you can say Miami molded him for success, so this is his opportunity to give back!

– Miami’s startup sector is booming! Just last year, the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area ranked No. 1 among 40 of the largest metro areas in the country for startups.

– With over 2,000 daily nonstop flights to major cities across the United States and the world, Miami is considered one of the country’s most well-connected cities.

– With proximity and access to major markets, Miami’s multilingual workforce understands global business. Businesses in a multicultural city, like Miami, can draw employees from different backgrounds and experiences to create innovative ideas.

– Florida’s new Brightline regional train system will connect Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach enabling passengers (and potential employees) to commute faster throughout South Florida.

– Home to hundreds of thousands of college students, Miami appeals to a vibrant millennial community. By being connected to the Internet throughout childhood and early adulthood, Millennials have a different perspective on how to lead, communicate and market.

As Amazon aims to stay competitive in the global marketplace, they should focus on a diverse, metropolitan region like Miami. With its history of welcoming all nationalities and languages, Miami is positioned to continue growing, and we hope it will do so with Amazon in its backyard.

Bloommiami Brings Iconic Tiffany Blue Box To Life at JFK Airport

bloommiami-tiffany-1-1Bloommiami brought to life one of the most highly recognized – and highly coveted – brand packaging designs: Tiffany & Co.’s signature blue box. The retail-focused design agency produced and engineered the activation, which was designed by Fieldwork, and transported the romance, creativity, and glamour of the world-renowned Tiffany & Co. store on Fifth Avenue to John F. Kennedy International Airport Terminal 4.

Bloommiami used luxury-driven materials to create the 376 square foot activation that included polished white marble, polished and satin stainless steel, and Tiffany’s registered Pantone Tiffany blue on the installation’s exterior.

“Tiffany’s blue box is a prominent symbol in luxury retail, and it’s considered by many to be the world’s most popular packaging,” said Darin Held, Partner at Bloommiami. “Every design detail in this activation is meant to bring emotion, atmosphere and luxury nuances of Tiffany’s store and envelope travelers in the Tiffany experience.”

The one-of-a-kind installation recreates the famous Tiffany storefront windows complete with product glorifiers, backlit transparencies, and illuminated acrylic etched with the perfume bottle outline. The activation is available to travelers through February 15 and showcases Tiffany & Co.’s new luxury fragrance, TIFFANY Eau de Parfum.

To view more photos of the iconic installation, visit Dexigner.com.

Tropical Modern Architecture Catches on in Vero Beach

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Paul Fischman, one of the three partners at the Miami-based, award-winning firm of Choeff Levy Fischman Architecture + Design, was commissioned by Peter Fine of To Better Days Development to design a custom spec home. Located in one of Miami Beach’s most prestigious neighborhoods, the tropical modern mansion was designed with warm, natural materials and an open layout for indoor-outdoor entertaining. Read more about the home featured in Vero Beach Magazine’s Winter 2018 Tropical Homes edition below.

When Peter Fine of To Better Days Development commissioned architect Paul Fischman to design a custom spec house, he had a particular vision in mind. In 2013, Fine had purchased a 28,000-square-foot lot on Biscayne Bay, located in one of Miami Beach’s most prestigious neighborhoods. “North Bay Road has always been one of the most sought-after addresses and was crowned ‘Millionaires Row’ for a reason,” says the company’s executive vice president and project manager, Joshua Young. “It is no coincidence that Miami Beach pioneer and developer Carl Fisher placed his estate on this street.”

The impressive mansions and elegant estates that grace this community routinely attract a who’s who of celebrities, athletes, musicians and industry moguls, all lured by the tropics and Miami’s international cachet. Mere blocks from the vibrant happenings of South Beach and the historical Art Deco district of Ocean Drive, the area’s attractions are many – boating, golfing, shopping and exquisite wining and dining are all just a stone’s throw away.

Architectural styles in this exclusive community run the gamut from Mediterranean revival to Italianate to mid-century modern, but Fine’s vision was clear: He wanted Fischman to design a luxurious, contemporary tropical home constructed of warm, natural materials with clean lines, a modern and open layout and spaces for indoor-outdoor entertaining. He wanted a home that exuded an experiential quality, built with materials and methods that echoed the environment and brought the outside in.

Fischman was up to the task. He is one of three partners in the Miami-based, award-winning from of Choeff Levy Fischman Architecture and Design. With a master’s degree in architecture from University of Miami and a bachelor’s in environmental design from the University of Colorado, he was a perfect fit for the project.

“Environmental design accounts for macro of microclimate, where you’re responding to the environmental features,” Fischman says. Fine’s directive informed his decision to focus on maximizing the natural light while creating a direct connectivity to the tropical environment.

Walking the lot, Fischman and partner Ralph Choeff studied the landscape, the angle and direction of light, and the architectural configuration needed to maximize the panoramic views of the bays and beyond. Fischman says that by extending a leg of the structure out proud of the main residence, they were able to create unobstructed views of Biscayne Bay and downtown Miami from the family room and second-level master bedroom suites. And the utilization of the new technology for column-free spans of floor-to-ceiling glass allowed for a seamless, open-concept design that forged a direct connection to the tropical topography. “The way I designed this home is that there are pockets everywhere that can be opened up to the outside and nature,” he says. “The view literally drove every aspect of this home.”

Read the full story on Choeff Levy Fischman’s site.

OBR Marketing Gains McKenzie as New Client

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Oberhausen Marketing & Public Relations is proud to announce the addition of McKenzie to its premier client list. McKenzie is a boutique Miami-based design, construction and custom fabrication firm that works with some of the most recognizable brands and high-end residences throughout the South Florida area. Their work reflects their passion for creating beautiful projects and spaces that improve the quality of life for those who utilize and inhabit them. They provide high-quality construction and craft fabrication services while implementing sustainable building practices whenever possible.

Whether working with an outside architect’s design or constructing an in-house design-build project created by one of their architects, McKenzie strives to make the built product as beautiful as its original concept. Their projects in construction and craft showcase their love for working with wood, metal and concrete.

McKenzie’s most recent works include the design and construction of Michael Schwartz’s latest concept, Genuine Pizza. Part of Genuine Hospitality, Genuine Pizza was formerly known as Harry’s Pizzeria. The new outpost officially opened its door inside Aventura Mall’s new expansion wing early December and is part of a multi-city expansion to 18 new locations – all of which are scheduled to be designed by McKenzie.

McKenzie also worked with French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec to install a modular sun shade and seating system made from steel and colored glass in Miami Design District during Art Basel Miami Beach 2017. The permanent cloud-like canopy connects Paradise Plaza and Palm Court.

Additionally, McKenzie is serving as the executive architect and general contractor for Central Fare, a 50,000 square-foot food hall located at MiamiCentral. McKenzie is coordinating the design, construction and millwork of the project, and construction on Central Fare is slated to be completed by spring 2018.

Stay tuned to learn more about McKenzie’s upcoming projects.

Choeff Levy Fischman Makes a Splash in Luxury Pool Magazine

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Choeff Levy Fischman‘s unique approach to home and outdoor living designs made a splash in Luxury Pools + Outdoor Living Magazine’s 2017 Fall/Winter issue. The Choeff Levy Fischman team received recognition as a 2017 Pinnacle Awards winner recognizing some the year’s best in pool and outdoor living designs, principal Paul Fischman discusses designing outside the lines, and founding principal Ralph Choeff, explains how his expert architectural team combines modern architecture and tropical elements to create a shorefront splendor.

Overlooking Biscayne Bay, this residential property in Miami Beach, Florida, embodies mid-century modern architecture and tropical modernism, which is carried throughout the home and outdoor living areas. With a cohesive and masterful design, the expert architectural team at Choeff Levy Fischman, along with Christopher Cawley Landscape Architecture, brought this contemporary tropical oasis to life.

“Of the utmost importance was the concept of indoor-outdoor living,” says Ralph Choeff, founding principal at Choeff Levy Fischman. To accomplish this, the entire rear façade was designed with vast sliding glass doors, blurring the line between indoors and outdoors and maximizing the bay views from almost any room in the house.

“The pool and water features were strategically positioned to interact with the interior spaces,” adds Choeff. “The pool steps and integrated spa face downtown Miami and are positioned directly in front of the interior living room lounge. This setup allows the homeowner and guests to enjoying breathtaking views of the city while relaxing indoors or outside in the pool or spa.”

Incorporating natural waterscapes was a key element to the entire design. “We bring the water theme into play right from the beginning,” says Choeff. For the approach to the main entry, stone steps over reflecting ponds give the feeling of walking on water, he explains.

At night, the city and surrounding elements light up, creating a dramatic and enchanting effect as the lights in the reflecting ponds project upward and interact with the architecture of the home. In the evening, pool lighting enhances the blue tile, giving the pool an almost purplish hue.

The outdoor living spaces include multiple gathering areas around the pool, including a sunken outdoor living room with a mid-century style fire pit and a cabana containing a large outdoor kitchen and dining area. “The entire experience, combined with the indoor/outdoor layout of the residence, gives the outdoor entertaining spaces a resort-like feel,” comments Choeff.

Stained ipe wood establishes a warm yet somewhat monochromatic style while limestone decking contrasts with the iridescent blue tile used in the pool and spa. “This sets the pool apart,” says Choeff, “especially the aboveground areas that form the infinity edges.”

OBR’s Newest Client, Al-Farooq Corporation

al-farooq-logoOberhausen Marketing & Public Relations is proud to announce the addition of Al-Farooq Corporation to its premier client list. Based in Miami, Al-Farooq is a national consulting firm that specializes in providing high-quality structural engineering solutions for all types of glazing-related projects and products.

For more than 35 years, the family-owned corporation has offered clients across South Florida product development and design services, as well as engineering and consulting services. They have worked with luxury high-rise condominiums, high-end retail and office spaces, residential properties, and provided site-specific calculations, curtainwall engineering, and consultations for all components encompassing the building envelope and product approvals in Miami-Dade County, Florida, as well as Texas.

Helping their partners transform imagination into reality, Al-Farooq Corporation has completed more than 15,000 projects throughout Florida and is responsible for more than 50% of all Miami-Dade County approvals for windows and doors. They are recognized as innovative leaders in their industry and a trustworthy source for manufacturers, contractors, architects, and homeowners.

The Oberhausen team has been working to rebrand Al-Farooq Corporporation, beginning with a complete website relaunch. Although Al-Farooq Corporation has thrived over the years by consistently delivering for its clients and fostering valuable relationships, in today’s world, businesses need to leverage different tools to manage relationships, stay ahead of the competition and accelerate growth. To optimize effectiveness, we’ve activated a multi-platform, holistic marketing & communications plan that will target multiple media channels, clients, and prospects to further position them as true leaders in their field.

Stay tuned to learn more about Al-Farooq Corporation’s recent projects.