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1.4-acres, on downtown East Folger Street, overlooking the Miami River and Biscayne Bay

Index to Projects in Florida

Miami, Florida

Gross Floor Area
1.16 million s/f including 535,000 s/f garage

City of Miami (garage)
CenTrust Savings Bank (tower)
Miami, Florida

Time Frame
Planning: 2/80–
   Garage: 11/80–
   Tower: 2/84–
   Garage: 2/83
   Tower: 2/87

Bank of America Tower at International Place
(formerly Miami World Trade Center,
originally CenTrust Tower)

Miami, Florida
Completed 1986


Lead Designers:



I. M. Pei
Harold Fredenburgh


46-story investment office building with retail/dining facilities, monorail station, and a 1,400-car integrated garage

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This project was undertaken to accommodate the explosive growth of Miami during the early 1980s as a center of international trade and finance. The bank wanted to establish a distinctive identity on the developing skyline while adding a civic dimension to the street. The challenge was to achieve these goals on a small site hemmed in by an elevated highway at the back edge of the commercial zone without waterside frontage or a prominent street address. Identity relied on architectural image.

The solution literally builds on the air rights of a 10-story garage, erected by a different client over the entire site and pierced by an elevated metro station. Atop this base but pulled back to create a 3/4-acre rooftop park, the tower curves out toward Biscayne Bay in three billowing tiers. Its straight back simultaneously complements other highrises, while its deeply notched sides visually reinforce the building against the sky. At night the tower dominates the skyline with variable lighting schemes celebrating seasonal or special events.

A street level retail spine cut through the building offers shelter from the sun as it invigorates downtown with vital pedestrian connections — under the highway into Miami's convention center, up an escalator to the elevated metro station, or via elevator to the project's rooftop public park with its cooling breezes and views.


Major Components

627,000 s/f tower with 503,000 s/f offices on levels 12-46 (9,000 – 21,000 s/f; 14,000 s/f typical); 35,000 s/f ground floor (10,000 s/f lobby / open arcade; 21,000 s/f retail); 14,500 s/f mezzanine; Level 12: 11,000 s/f sky lobby; 5,500 s/f restaurant; 10,000 offices + 31,000 s/f outdoor terrace; 535,000 s/f parking for 1,500 cars on levels 1–11 of integrated garage podium


I. M. Pei & Partners services

Master Planning; Architectural Design; coordination with associate architect on construction documents and construction administration


Associate Architect

Ferendino / Grafton / Spillis / Candela, Coral Gables, FL



CBM Engineers, Houston, TX


Mechanical / Electrical

I.A. Naman Associates, Washington, D.C.



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