The grant-funded City of Miami project consisted of the restoration and renovation of the City of Miami’s Fire Station No. 14, located in West Little Havana. The project’s goal was to transform the former firehouse into a community educational resource center focused on sustainable living and green design and development. The Miami Green Lab, built by Link Construction Group in collaboration with the City of Miami and Astorino Architecture, is designed to house green building programs and offices for the city’s Office of Sustainable Initiatives (MSI).
The new center includes a variety of sustainable features, including a rainwater collection system, solar hot water heater, native landscaping, energy-efficient lighting, and monitoring systems. The building offers functional rooms that support the resource building’s initiatives, such as a gallery for seminars and products, a computer lab, a kitchen, offices, and a lobby/sitting area.
Shortly after the new facility’s ribbon cutting ceremony in October of 2012, it began hosting seminars and training events for local architects who are working toward their green certifications. The facility is also home to a Neighborhood Enhancement Team office, where local residents have access to basic city services. Since opening its doors, the new Miami Green Lab has held a long list of events, seminars, panels, and others for community members, focusing on raising awareness about sustainable living techniques, political policies, and more.