Miami-Dade College, School of Aviation

Homestead, Florida

  • FIRM

    Perkins+Will

  • CLIENT

    Miami-Dade College

  • AREA

    37,946 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $6,177,706.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    3/2003

Miami-Dade Community College commissioned the architect to design what is to be the final structure of its Homestead campus. The new School of Aviation will house the latest technology in avionics, including three simulator labs, a tower room, pilot briefing rooms, computer classrooms and conference rooms. The facility program also includes a campus bookstore, the main ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$162.80FEATURED IN2004 Architectural Portfolio and its multipurpose room.

Intended to act as the main entrance to the campus, the multipurpose room is designed to “hover” over the main stairway.

Its opaque glass surfaces allow this room to become a beacon to the community. The main lobby connects the building’s programmatic elements through a common space. Exposed concrete, metal panels and laminated glass are the predominant materials, allowing the tower, clad in stainless-steel panels, to become the focal point of the campus.

Innovative spaces, materials and spatial sequencing define this building as one of the most dynamic structures in southern Florida, reflecting aviation’s innovative character and history.