Miami Beach Convention Center Construction Update

Ongoing Work

  • Renovations continue inside building in the main halls and ballrooms.
  • The contractor will resume the installation of the glass curtain wall and exterior facade around the entire building.
  • Convention Center Drive from Dade Boulevard to 17 Street is closed to all motorists and pedestrian, in order to perform work safely.
    • Access to City Hall will always be maintained from 17 Street and 18 Street.
    • Motorists can access the City Hall parking garage from 18 Street and Meridian Avenue.
  • 19 Street remains closed and only open for local traffic and construction crews. Access to the Botanical Gardens and Holocaust Memorial parking lot and entrance will be maintained at all times via Meridian Avenue.
  • Washington Avenue traffic pattern remains one lane in each direction from Dade Boulevard to 17 Street.
  • All pedestrians are directed to use the north sidewalk of Dade Boulevard between Washington Avenue and Convention Center Drive, while the canal walk on the south side (along Collins Canal) remains closed.

General Construction Work Hours

Construction hours on this project are from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday (work is also expected to take place over the next two weekends). Extended work hours and weekend work is approved in order to expedite the construction schedule.

Increase of noise will occur at various locations during the duration of the project. The contractor has implemented noise reduction measures to minimize the impact to the community.

Adjacent Work

  • As part of the 19 Street Pump Station Installation Project, the canal walk along the Botanical Gardens between Convention Center Drive and Meridian Avenue will be closed to pedestrian access due to the reconstruction of the seawall.
  • The pump station work is expected to be completed summer 2018.

This schedule may change due to inclement weather and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Reforestation Plan 

12 acres of new parks and streetscapes are being created.

A total of 1,530 trees are being incorporated into the design of the spaces in and around the convention center:

243 existing trees are being left in place or being temporarily moved to a nursery in Homestead, Florida. They will be returned to a different location under the new Miami Beach Convention Center plan.

357 new trees are being planted with a total of 61% being shade trees and 36% being new native and tropical plantings.

930 black mangroves will be planted along Collins Canal, as well as an abundance of native understory throughout the public realm.

92 trees are being proposed for removal due to disease and poor condition, in order to improve the quality of the reforestation effort and health of the overall environment.