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Alhambra Towers, Coral Gables, FL

“The splendor of its classical Mediterranean architecture and the development of a pedestrian friendly streetscape are truly laudable.  As a result of the development team’s attention to detail and its commitment to a ‘Grand Vision,’ Alhambra Towers has become a model of future projects.”  

– Don Slesnick,  Former Mayor of Coral Gables.

Commercial Development

Sure, we build award-winning and energy efficient office, commercial and multi-family residential buildings. But what we’re really good at is developing relationships. Over the course of the company’s storied half-century history, we have built rewarding, longstanding relationships with our tenants, suppliers and financial partners that stand as the greatest testament to our success.

The secret is – we listen. Our conservative approach to commercial development begins with truly understanding the client’s needs. Whether for a build to suit or an investment grade project, we acquire the right site, ensure cost-effective construction and low operating costs that results in a high return on investment for our clients.

Since 1958 our high standards of quality have remained intact. Allen Morris has developed over five million square feet of commercial development space and delivered 79 projects for major tenants and investment clients in the southeast.

Our performance, integrity and passion to do the best job for our clients every time is legendary.

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Commercial Development Services Include:

  • Area Analysis
  • Site Acquisition
  • Master Plan Development
  • Project Development
  • Construction Management
  • Build-to-Suit

Case Studies: Development

1. IBM Tallahassee

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IBM Tallahassee had a lease of 40,000 square feet that was expiring in 12 months and they needed to find office space quickly that was more appropriate to their needs. They desired a prime corner in downtown Tallahassee occupied by an operating business, but had been told the property could not be bought.

They also could not predict their growth, yet required the ability to expand an additional 15,000 SF in five years.

CREATIVE SOLUTION

Allen Morris found a solution that allowed the owner of the prime corner property to sell. The solution involved allowing time for the owner to find a new property and move out while we fast-tracked the design and construction, and delivered an institutional quality building on time and within budget. This involved timing the purchase of the property so that our architects and engineers had sufficient time to plan and prepare the building and get the permits before the closing date when the seller had to vacate, satisfying the owner’s need for additional time to relocate. In addition, we designed and built the building with an extra floor of parking, designed and constructed to be converted to office space in the future when needed by IBM.

RESULT

IBM moved into a 10-story office building, Monroe Park Tower, at the number one prime office corner in downtown Tallahassee, delivered on time in 12 months with the desired expansion space.

2. The Bank of Miami

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PROBLEM

The Bank of Miami wanted to consolidate offices from five different locations into a Class A signature building with instant presence and identity.

CREATIVE SOLUTION

We completed a site acquisition study identifying possible prime locations and the bank selected a parcel, which was the location of an historic church in Coral Gables. The site was a triangular configuration, which presented huge architectural and engineering design challenges. We overcame those challenges by a private/public collaborative partnership between the city and our development team. It was the first development agreement in the city’s history and the first transferred development rights (TDRs) from a neighboring historic building.

In addition, the seller had special requirements to memorialize the church as part of the new building, and also required the purchase of extra land, all of which were without development rights.  The church selected us as the ultimate purchaser above the other ten bidders because we were responsive to their personal request and memorialized the church within our design of the new building by incorporating the church’s stained glass windows into the lobby, replicating the church’s functioning bell tower, and displaying photographs honoring the history of the church.

RESULT

We designed and developed a Mediterranean-Revival building that gave the bank its desired prominent visibility and prestige while pleasing the church representatives by respectfully memorializing the history of the site. The headquarters building, called Alhambra Towers, has won 9 awards and, surpassing Class A level to be referred to by the city as iconic, and by some brokers as “World Class.”

Partial List of Clients:

AT&T
Bank of America
Burroughs Corp.
El Paso Oil (Belcher Oil)
Federal Reserve Bank-Miami Branch
Fidelity Brokerage
First Coast Medical
Florida Gas
Florida Power and Light
Humana Health Care
IBM
K-Mart Corporation
Martin Marietta
New York Life Insurance
Peat Marwick
Price Waterhouse
Sears Roebuck and Company
BellSouth
Travelers Insurance
Unisys
US Steel
Walgreen’s

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