Link Construction Group was contracted by the Miami Herald Media Company to construct a new 3-story, 119,000 square-foot industrial plant and renovate a 2-story, 160,000 square foot office facility. The two facilities now sit adjacent to each other on a 15-acre site in Doral, Florida. The industrial plant houses the Herald’s production facilities and printing presses, and the office facility houses the company’s news and business divisions. The projects were completed on schedule in late May of 2013.
For the industrial plant construction, Link utilized tilt-up construction for cost-effective speed. The plant has impact windows, three 900KW backup generators, a 6,000-gallon above-ground fuel tank, 5 recessed 800-gallon ink tanks, dust collectors, compressed-air systems, a reverse-osmosis system, an inertia pad, rolled handling equipment, printing presses, conveyor systems, and more.
The renovated 2-story office facility is equipped with a large-scale media room, a gym, an employee lounge, and various media facility rooms.
The Miami Herald Production Building was the first project with which Link building information modeling (BIM). BIM has allowed Link’s project team to visualize the design intent and interpret 2-dimensional drawings of all elaborate systems and equipment housed in the facility. The process helped in identifying potential conflicts and provided efficient communication of design intent with subcontractors during coordination and planning meetings, drastically reducing rework.
This project won the 2014 Industrial Project of the Year award from the Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP).