Hurricane Hardened

Technology Center of the Americas (TECOTA) Miami, Florida

Technology Center of the Americas

TRC Worldwide Engineering, Inc. provided structural engineering design and contract administration services on this ultra fast-track (topped out in 25 weeks) facility that serves as a central connectivity point for providers of telephone, Internet, cable and other telecommunications lines. Only six stories high with floor-to-floor heights of 17 feet, the structure has the same height as a 16-story building, and occupies a city block in Miami. Designed to withstand Category 5 hurricanes, it sits 14 ft. above sea level, but is located outside the 500-year flood plane.

Awards :
I. 2003 Grand Award – Structural Category Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers
II. 2001 Best Concrete Project F.W. Dodge/Southeast Construction

Key Structural Components
The building rests on 1,250 auger- cast piles set 45' deep
300,000 concrete blocks
Composed of 90,000 lin. ft. of precast beams and joists, over 38,000 cu. yds. of concrete, 3,000 tons of reinforcing steel and 7,500 tons of roof ballast
Typical floors rated at 180 pounds/sq.ft.; 300 pounds/sq.ft. at building corners
Design Team
Owner: Terremark Worldwide, Inc.
Architect: Bermello Ajamil & Partners, Inc.
Contractor: Centex Construction
Structural Engineers: TRC Worldwide Engineering, Inc.
New Construction: 750, 000 GSF
Construction Cost: $95 Million
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