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Miami’s Construction Boom and Mount Everest

Miami’s new construction boom is the first “big one” of the 21st Century for the United States. Both New York and Chicago witnessed major booms in vertical construction at the turn of the 19th century going into the 20th century. Since then, both northern cities have become world class. But, are they to be the last of America’s great skyscraper boomtowns or is history going to throw a tropical twist in the plot?

On paper, Miami’s 21st Century boom is massive. Consider this: if you sum up (stack) all of the buildings that have been built since the year 2000 along with those that are currently under construction and/or proposed, then you will find that Miami’s boom is truly awesome in scale.

The sum of height for all buildings built, under construction, and/or proposed in Miami since the year 2000 is a whopping 81,040 feet or over 15 miles high; almost three times the height of Mount Everest (29,035ft.)

It’s kinda scary when you think about it; almost mind-boggling. Even in consideration of those projects that are highly speculative, there is so much construction activity that the boom will have a profound effect on the future of Miami regardless. The construction activity is confined, mostly, to three adjacent urban neighborhoods (CBD, Brickell Village, and Uptown), and two ocean front communities (Miami Beach and Sunny Isles). The result will mean densification in the urban areas and impressively vertical ampleness in the ocean front areas where architecture preservation and height restrictions are prevalent.

What’s happening in the Greater Miami area is not only an urban development anomaly but a capitalistic and engineering marvel. It is as much a man-made phenomenon as it is a reflection of a social experiment. If you look at the Miami skyline today, you will see dozens of cranes and numerous freshly painted towers. Rarely in history can one witness a major city actively shedding its old facade while rapidly evolving into a blindingly bright future (i.e.: Shanghai, Dubai). This year, and the next 3 – 5 years, marks the threshold of this historic urban transformation for Miami.

Note: There are some buildings that have stalled and have their plans, permits, and plots for sale (i.e.: Onyx2, Miami Flatiron, Soleil, and Lynx). Some are inactive but not yet extinct (i.e.: Sky Residences). Island Gardens was not included in the list. There may be some height discrepancies (building height sources vary). This list is not definitive.

List used for data compilation:

Empire World Towers (I) 1,124ft.
Empire World Towers (I) 1,124ft.
One Bayfront Plaza 1,180ft.
600 Brickell 903ft.
Met 3 866ft.
1001 Brickell 849ft.
Brickell CitiCenter Three 808ft.
Flatiron Building 794ft.
Four Seasons 776ft.
Brickell CitiCenter One 769ft.
Paramount Park 756ft.
Lynx 746ft.
1490 Biscayne 744ft.
Brickell CitiCenter Two 740ft.
Infinity II 736ft.
900 Biscayne 712ft.
Columbus Centre 710ft.
Marquis 679ft.
One Herald Plaza II 649ft.
The Chelsea 649ft.
Capital Tower II 649ft.
600 Biscayne 649ft.
Anderson Opera Center Tower 649ft.
One Herald Plaza I 649ft.
Omni West Tower 3 643ft.
City Square Tower I 640ft.
City Square Tower II 640ft.
Brickell Financial Center I 640ft. uc
Infinity I 630ft.
Omni East Tower 3 624ft.
Omni West Tower 2 623ft.
Met 2 617ft.
Marina Blue 615ft.
Plaza on Brickell Tower I 610ft.
Epic Residences (Dupont II) 609ft.
Capital Tower II 607ft.
Omni East Tower 2 604ft.
Cardinal Symphony 600ft.
Platinum on the Bay 590ft.
ICON Brickell North Tower 586ft.
ICON Brickell South Tower 586ft.
Ten Museum Park 585ft.
Omni East Tower 1 584ft.
Solis Residences 583ft.
Mint 581ft.
Villa Magna I 574ft.
Villa Magna II 574ft.
Jade Beach I 574ft.
Brickell Station East 568ft.
Green Diamond 564ft.
Blue Diamond 554ft.
50 Biscayne 554ft.
Quantum South Tower 554ft.
Acqualina 551ft.
Riverfront East Phase II 551ft.
Trump Palace 551ft.
Trump Royale 551ft.
Urbana Tower 549ft.
Jade Ocean 549ft.
Element 545ft.
Opera Tower 543ft.
Onyx 2 543ft.
Trump Tower I 541ft.
Trump Tower II 541ft.
Trump Tower III 541ft.
Park Place Tower II 540ft.
Everglades on the Bay 538ft.
Everglades on the Bay 538ft.
Quantum North Tower 536ft.
Riverfront West Phase III 533ft.
Jade on the Bay 528ft.
Plaza on Brickell Tower II 525ft.
Colombus Office Tower 524ft.
Santa Maria 520ft.
Soleil 515ft.
The Ivy 512ft.
Premiere Towers I 512ft.
Premiere Towers II 512ft.
31st and Park 509ft.
Paramount Beach 509ft.
The Sea 509ft.
Max Tower 508ft.
Wind 501ft.
Epic Residences & Hotel 500ft.
Carillon Residences 498ft.
Paramount Bay 495ft.
Akoya 492ft.
Espirito Santo Plaza 487ft.
Turnberry Ocean Colony South 486ft.
Turnberry Ocean Colony North 486ft.
Regalia 485ft.
Asia 482ft.
Avenue 480ft.
Three Tequesta Point 479ft.
Latitude on the River 476ft.
The Beacon 476ft.
Continuum on South Beach 469ft.
ICON Brickell Viceroy 465ft.
Portico 461ft.
La Perla 447ft.
Ocean Four 446ft.
The Pointe at Brickell 443ft.
Brickell on the River North Tower 440ft.
Met One 440ft.
Aja on the Bay 439ft.
Park Lane Tower 437ft.
The Loft II 433ft.
Barclays Financial Center 430ft.
Trump International Sonesta 430ft.
500 Brickell I 427ft.
500 Brickell II 427ft.
Blue 427ft.
Brickell Station East II 426ft.
Brickell on the River South Tower 423ft.
ICON South Beach 423ft.
Vue 423ft.
1800 Club 423ft.
Axis I 418ft.
Axis II 418ft.
Electra I 412ft.
The Club at Brickell Bay 411ft.
Carbonell 410ft.
Murano Grande 407ft.
Murano 402ft.
Fontainebleau II 399ft.
Continuum II 397ft.
The Setai 386ft.
Cor 380ft.
Skyline at MBV 376ft.
Skyline on Brickell 376ft.
Bristol Tower 371ft.
Neo Vertika 369ft.
Bay Parc Plaza 267ft.
Avenue (S.E. First Tower) 365ft.
The Waverly 362ft.
Lyghte 357ft.
Midtown Miami Four 350ft.
Grovenor House 341ft.
Flamingo 338ft.
The Loft 3 335ft.
Midtown Miami Two 320ft.
The Sail 319ft.
Midtown Miami Three 309ft.
Onyx 308ft.
Latitude One 305ft.
Sky Residences 295ft.
Star Lofts 280ft.
Biscayne Park 277ft.
Ellipse 273ft.
Terrazas River Tower 270ft.
Bentley Bay South Tower 259ft.
Mei 258ft.
Unique 251ft.
Cube 244ft.
Bentley Bay North Tower 243ft.
Sayan 342ft.

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