Design & Real Estate

Sustainable Heights

Reach and Rise were built with sustainability in mind, right down to all the finishes, fixtures and devices, which were reviewed and selected through their LEED consultant to ensure the maximum savings in terms of water, energy and money.
Words by Sandy Lindsey | August 28, 2020 | Design & Real Estate

A model of sustainability, starting with its Climate Ribbon, Brickell City Centre is Swire’s environmental answer to battling the heat and humidity of the city. The ribbon is a 150,000-sq.-ft. steel canopy designed to channel Miami’s breezes throughout the outdoor shopping center to cool shoppers. It also provides natural lighting, shade and collects 3 million gallons of rainwater to be used for plant irrigation, its A/C systems and more. Brickell City Centre is also one of the first major developments to meet the Miami 21 zoning code, which was designed to foster urban buildings oriented to the street and to pedestrians instead of cars. Swire made significant transit investments to improve the site, including a new traffic circle connecting Downtown to Brickell as well as $14 million in upgrades to the Metromover station, which provides direct access to Brickell City Centre’s retail center from Downtown and beyond. But did you know that atop this LEED- registered Neighborhood Development, currently one of the largest in the U.S., are EAST Miami and Reach and Rise Condo, which achieved their own New Construction Gold Certification. The system criteria for Gold Certification applies to the entire building footprint, as well as all the interior spaces. This includes all the fixtures, finishes and devices, as well as mechanical, electrical and plumbing/fire protection systems being equipped with meters and flow switches which are tied into the high-tech BMS (Building Management System). It’s sustainable living at its finest;