n this new Case Study from ULI, get an inside look at the financing, design, and development of 1450 Brickell, an office project in Miami that uses impact-resistant glass to make the building more resilient against flying debris in hurricanes.
Alan Ojeda, the founder and CEO of Rilea Group, began planning the second phase of his two-acre project on Brickell Avenue in 2005, the same year that numerous high-rise buildings in the area were badly damaged by Hurricane Wilma.
Since Ojeda was planning an office building with a glass curtain wall, he immediately focused on how he could create a structure that was more resilient than those that had been damaged. Consequently, he and his team of architects and consultants began to research impact-resistant glass and to redesign the building to incorporate that glass and structural framing systems that would eventually result in a LEED Gold–certified building that was also extremely resilient and resistant to hurricanes. That 586,000-square-foot office building was completed in 2010 and is today 100 percent leased.