MIAMI — Donning black construction helmets and gold-plated shovels, the MIAMI REALTORS® building advisory board stood shoulder to shoulder on the precipice of a first milestone that when completed will benefit all MIAMI REALTORS® and the communities we serve.
The leaders smiled under the warm Miami sun, dug deep into the white sand, and shoveled sand high into the sky. A flurry of camera shutters whirled.
The moment punctuated a historic day for a historic association. The 102-year-old MIAMI Association of REALTORS® broke ground on Oct. 26, 2022 in Miami Springs on its first global headquarters. MIAMI’s nearly 60,000 members are one step closer to having the home many have dreamt of. When completed in 2024, the five-story landmark facility will serve the members of the nation’s largest local Realtor association with state-of-the-art technology, the ability to host major global conferences and events, conduct cutting-edge member education and classes, hold professional standards hearings and more.
MIAMI’s New Global Headquarters Details
- Address: 1890 Oakwood Dr., Miami
- Completion: 2024
- Three floors of structured parking
- Two floors of office and conferencing space 50,000 square feet of Class A office and conferencing space
- 200-person state-of-the-art conference center
- 50-person computer lab
- 80-person classroom
An Invocation that Met the Moment
MIAMI Chairman Fernando Arencibia Jr — an essential member of the building advisory committee that has already worked tirelessly for this dream project with many more months of work ahead — kicked off the ceremony with an invocation that met the moment.
“We come on this day, after many days of planning, discussing, agreeing and disagreeing, compromising, investigating, researching and finally deciding – and we know that these days are not over yet,” Arencibia Jr. said with many current and past MIAMI REALTORS® presidents and leaders, lawmakers, contractors, architects, designers and more in attendance. “We give thanks for those who have done this work and for the help from professionals we have been blessed with through this initial phase of our project. May we continue this collaborative effort.
“As we move forward, first by breaking ground with these shovels. Then with heavy equipment, may we be awed by our human capacity to create, grateful for the space we promise to use with dignity and purpose. As we watch the creation of our building come into reality, may we never lose sight of our mission to inspire, act and care for our members, our community and our nation.”
MIAMI CEO Teresa King Kinney spoke about the team the association has assembled to build its new global headquarters: Sharpe Project Developments, Link Construction Group, RSP Arch and more.
“I have to say thank you to every one of you,” King Kinney said. “The best thing you did was give me the best team to work with.”
MIAMI REALTORS Building Advisory Board
- Chair and 2015 MIAMI Chairman of the Board John Dohm
- 2010 MIAMI Chairman of the Board Jack Levine
- 2020 MIAMI Chairman of the Board and 2023 Florida Realtors Secretary Jorge Guerra Jr.
- 2023 MIAMI Chairman Ines Hegedus-Garcia
- 2023 MIAMI Chair-Elect: Gus Fonte
- 2023 MIAMI Chairman Jennifer Wollmann
- 2019 MIAMI Chairman Jose Maria “Chepe” Serrano
- 2021 MIAMI Commercial President Stephen Rigl
- 2021 MIAMI Residential President Daniel Guerra
The Tireless Search for the Home of the Voice of Real Estate in South Florida
The board looked at 132 locations all over Miami-Dade, Building Advisory Board Chair and 2015 MIAMI Chairman of the Board John Dohm said. The board shortlisted seven projects and put in offers on a couple. Then the board decided building a new global headquarters was preferable to purchasing an existing building.
The new global headquarters location—1890 Oakwood Dr. – is diagonally across the street from its current headquarters, which MIAMI has been renting for years.
“Talk about symbolic,” 2023 MIAMI Chairman Ines Hegedus-Garcia said. “Miami Realtors gets a home. The epitome of what it means to be a Realtor is to have your own home and this has been a long time coming.”
Miami Springs Mayor Maria Mitchell spoke about how her city is overjoyed to see MIAMI become owners in the city. House Speaker pro tempore Brian Avila spoke about how Miami-Dade County wouldn’t be the same without the board’s hard work and vision.
Link Construction, Sharpe Project Developments and RSP have worked tirelessly with the advisory board to create a landmark facility or as Link Construction’s Willy Fernandez said: “a modern marvel.”
“What happened here that was different (from other projects) is that you have incredible strong leadership,” Derrick McCallum of RSP. “Your advisory board didn’t make it easy for us. They made us think. Made us work hard. We are proud this is going to be a LEED gold certified building.”
It’s a 100-year decision, a facility that will be built to grow with MIAMI’s members.
“This is going to be the home of the voice for real estate in South Florida,” Arencibia Jr. said. “We are excited for the work that we are going to be able to do for our members in this building and throughout the world.”