U.S.C.I.S. Miami District Office
This 60,100-square-foot project is one of five field offices in the Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach county area for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and serves as a future model for USCIS operations. This building represents a full range of modern design concepts in accessibility, security, convenience and architecture.
Why did the Design Team choose Tilt-Up?
The design team, including the architect and engineer-of-record, designers of many public school projects in south Florida, and very familiar with the Tilt-Up system, chose Tilt-Up because of the high schedule pressures, the ability to meet LEED Silver Certification, the ability to achieve enhanced architectural applications in the design, as well as the economy and long-term durability of the system.
Architectural enhancements include curved panels at the front entrance foyer that form the circular clerestory facade, extensive use of perimeter windows with decorative canopies that allow natural light into the building while reducing solar heat through shading, extensive use of decorative reveals cast into the panels that continue around the circular entry area, as well as notched parapets at the top of panels with decorative railings used to create a balcony look at the roof.
The facility features top-of-the-line interior finishes including marble flooring, transparent glass-enclosed office spaces, high-grade modern millwork and tray-type ceilings with upgraded acoustical systems. The contractor was able to adhere to the architect’s vision for the space and create the inviting atmosphere the USCIS desired, while installing these elements in a cost-effective manner.
The immigration offices were designed to provide a secure environment for employees and visitors while maintaining an inviting image; security has been integrated in the site design. Security setbacks will be maintained with a combination of seat wall, concrete planters and other landscape elements to provide a secure facility to provide an open and welcoming environment for the public.
Constructed as Silver LEED certified facilities and Energy Star rated, the buildings are highly energy efficient and constructed of green materials and furnishings. Energy saving-features include extensive perimeter windows with overhanging sunscreen devices and screening panels to prevent excessive solar gain. Circular clerestories at the entry foyer bring additional light into the building for increased energy efficiency.