First Signature V Columns Assembled at MiamiCentral

MIAMI – January 6, 2017 – The first five signature V Columns are in place along the East elevation of MiamiCentral, as the expansive downtown development featuring retail, offices, residences and the Brightline train service, continues to take shape in Downtown Miami. These V Columns are first being constructed of steel and then will be encased by precast concrete.

There are a total of 29 major V columns that will be installed, each of these are 70 feet tall. The steel for each one weighs 8,000 pounds. The work is being managed by Suffolk Construction, the contractor for MiamiCentral.

Next month, once all the steel V Columns are constructed, they will be encased in concrete panels. Gate Precast of Kissimmee, Florida, has formed approximately 600 V-shaped precast concrete panels for the V Columns.

“The formation of the V Columns at MiamiCentral is an intricate two-part process. We have worked closely with Suffolk Construction, ADF International and Gate Precast to ensure that they will look spectacular when finished,” said Scott Sanders, executive vice president of development and construction for Brightline.

The V Columns provide a defining architectural element to all three of Brightline’s South Florida stations, which have been designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), one of the largest and most influential architecture, interior design, engineering, and urban planning firms in the world, in association with Zyscovich Architects, an integrated urban design, architecture, and interior design firm headquartered in downtown Miami.

“This is one of the most complex components of MiamiCentral and is particularly important to the overall design and vision of the project. With the use of virtual design and construction, as well as a highly collaborative effort with Gate Precast, we developed a thoughtful plan to ensure a smooth execution in the field. It’s been impressive to see it come together,” said Suffolk’s Vice President of Operations John Planz.

MiamiCentral encompasses nearly three million square feet and includes two mixed-use sites: a nine-acre development in downtown Miami just east of the Miami-Dade County Hall, and 3 MiamiCentral, a two-acre site in Historic Overtown. MiamiCentral will include retail, offices, residences, the Brightline train service and ample parking, while serving as a connector between Brightline’s passengers and Miami’s existing public transport systems. 3 MiamiCentral will also feature retail, offices and parking.

At MiamiCentral, the Brightline train platform will be elevated to align with existing public transportation systems. This bold and innovative design allows thru-streets to remain open to traffic and creates an atmosphere of walkability as well as a landmark terminal.

Construction on Brightline’s stations and trains is progressing for a scheduled service launch in mid-2017. The first Brightline trainset was recently completed by Siemens and arrived in West Palm Beach. Brightline’s train stations in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach have been topped off and interior outfitting work is well underway. For more information, visit

About Brightline

Brightline will redefine what it means to travel by train in America with express inter-city passenger rail service arriving 2017, providing an important transportation alternative to connect Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, with future service to Orlando. The service will ease the stress of traffic, provide a simple and intuitive experience from door to destination, and foster new opportunities to explore more of Southeast Florida. Brightline is the only privately owned, operated and maintained passenger rail system in the United States. For more information, visit our website: and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About MiamiCentral

MiamiCentral is an 11-acre, transit-oriented mixed-use development spanning over six city blocks in the heart of downtown Miami from Florida East Coast Industries, one of the oldest leading real estate and infrastructure developers in Florida. The project’s initial phase features 300,000+ square feet of Class A office space; 180,000+ square feet of innovative retail and dining experiences including CentralFare, Miami’s first true food hall experience; 800 smartly designed residential rental units; and the home of Brightline, redefining train travel in the United States. For more information, visit