After 12 years of work, project manager Roberto Espejo can look at Carnival Center as a crowning achievement
It took more than a decade from concept to reality, but the Carnival Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami that opened with a sparkle in October has added a new dimension to the cultural scene here.
Miami-Dade County's largest public/private partnership, the two-building, public plaza project straddles Biscayne Boulevard and comprises the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House complex, which includes a 200-seat studio theater; the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall building; and the Peacock Education Center, a restored Art Deco tower.
The chief architectural firm for the ambitious project has been New Haven, CT-based Pelli Clarke Pelli, headed by renowned architect Cesar Pelli. And overseeing the project onsite from design to construction has been Pelli Clarke senior associate Robert Espejo, who has been teaching at the University of Miami while overseeing the arts center's construction.
Mr. Espejo was interviewed by Miami Today international editor Michael Hayes.
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