Massive pour keeps MiamiCentral on track for All Aboard Florida
Written by John Charles Robbins on March 1, 2016
An impressive parade of cement trucks wound its way into the heart of downtown Miami over the weekend to set the final foundation of the city’s new train station: MiamiCentral.
The largest concrete pour for the entire six-block-long project took more than 18 hours, beginning the morning of Feb. 27.
More than 550 truckloads of concrete were pumped into the final large foundation of the new Brightline train station.
MiamiCentral is scheduled to open in mid-2017 for the start of express passenger service.
The project is an inter-city passenger rail station and intermodal center for Brightline, which plans to launch its private passenger rail link from Miami to Palm Beach and eventually to Orlando.
The new rail station will be integrated with the Miami-Dade County Metrorail and Metromover systems, and is being considered a major transit hub for the city with connections to buses, trolleys, taxis and more.
Approximately 150 workers poured 5,500 cubic yards of concrete into the steel-laden foundation, in the shadow of the county’s Stephen P. Clark Government Center tower and Miami-Dade Transit’s Government Center Station.
Metrorail cars continued their north and southbound journeys as Metromover cars traversed and bisected the massive construction site while heavy-duty work progressed on both sides of Northwest Fifth Street.
As the sun set Saturday, the sky and the bright lights at the construction site were reflected in the towering glass face of the federal courthouse.
A fleet of about 100 trucks continuously brought concrete to the site during the pour. The work was managed by Suffolk Construction, the company that is overseeing construction of the station and MiamiCentral.
The transit-oriented development encompassing nearly 3 million square feet spans two sites: a 9-acre transportation hub downtown just east of the Miami-Dade County Hall, and a two-acre site in Overtown.
MiamiCentral will include mixed-use development with residential, office, commercial and a retail concourse, while serving as a connector between Brightline’s passengers and Miami’s existing public transport systems.
Site clearing and demolition on the 9-acre station site began in late 2014.
Following this pour, vertical construction will begin on buildings and train platforms.
The Overtown site is also a mixed-use development with retail, commercial and parking to support and enhance the transportation hub.
In Miami, the Brightline train platform will be elevated to align with existing public transportation systems, with retail spaces beneath. The design allows through streets to remain open to traffic and creates an atmosphere of walkability, while creating a landmark terminal, according to the company.
The Brightline station is expected to open in mid-2017 when service on the new express inter-city service from Miami to Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach will also begin operation.
Service will begin with five four-car trains that will each carry 240 passengers. By June 2018 a total of 10 seven-car trains are to run, each carrying 356 passengers.
The trains are to travel between 79 and 125 miles per hour.
A later phase of the project is to include a mixed-use “super tower” on the southern end of the station. Draft plans show the super tower being home to 225,000 square feet of hotel use, 610,000 square feet of office space and 200,000 square feet of residential units.
While construction of the station in Miami moves ahead, construction has also begun at sites that will be home to new stations in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.
The project is estimated to eliminate more than 3 million cars from the region’s roadways each year, according to the company.