AL_E_BV_5G3A3055FFTaylor & Mathis of Florida and AEW Capital Management, L.P. announced today that 355 Alhambra located in downtown Coral Gables received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Recertification, the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) leading-edge system for designing and constructing a sustainable, energy-efficient and high-performance building.  Green building strategies offer tangible ways for companies to improve their work environment and minimize their environmental impact while strengthening the bottom line.

355 Alhambra is owned by AEW Capital Management (AEW) on behalf of one of its institutional clients and is managed by Taylor & Mathis of Florida.  The property has been named Outstanding Office Building of the Year from 2005 to 2015 by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Miami-Dade, and in 2013/2015 by the BOMA Southern Region.

“355 Alhambra has very strong ownership in AEW, a firm that is committed to the community, the environment and to maintaining its properties at their optimum level of performance,” stated Taylor & Mathis Director of Operations, Marlene Diaz.  “Lisa Mitchell, the property manager at 355 along with her staff, have been able to achieve with these goals and objectives and their commitment to excellence has surpassed expectations.  Achieving the LEED Recertification was of no surprise to those that are familiar with the ownership, and staff of this location, as they are an amazing group of professionals and an example to the commercial real-estate sector.  This will be added to their long list of recognitions and achievements.”

Environmental features that led to the 16-story, 224,000-square-foot Class A office building’s recertification included:

– Energy Conservation:  Energy Star rating of 91 (highest score is 100).  The building’s high energy efficiency is due to the installation of a state of the art Building Automation System that controls its HVAC system and lighting; occupancy sensors installed in restrooms and interior equipment rooms eliminate the need for lighting in unoccupied areas; energy efficient lighting is installed throughout the building; variable frequency drives installed on equipment motors reduce electricity usage; CO2 sensors installed on air conditioning equipment maximize fresh air intake while reducing the need to cool non-essential outside air.

– Water Conservation:  Indoor water usage has been reduced by 30% by the installation of sink aerators and low flow restroom fixtures, and landscaping water usage has been reduced by 75% by the installation of a low volume irrigation system, rain gauge moisture sensors, and the installation of native and adaptive plans that require minimal watering.

– Waste Reduction:  A comprehensive recycling system that collects office paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, light bulbs and ballasts, batteries, and durable goods such as computers and office equipment.  Construction debris is also recycled.  95% of the building’s waste is being diverted from landfills.

– Green Cleaning and Pest Control:  Use of safe and eco-friendly cleaning products; use of recycled paper products in restrooms, and the Integrated Pest Management Policy reduces the need for pesticides inside the building and on exterior landscaping.

New Management Assignment – Miramar Centre II

MC II 3501 PhotoWells Core REIT has appointed Taylor & Mathis of Florida to manage Miramar Center II, the 96,000 square-foot, Class-A office building it owns in Miramar, Florida. The building is 100% leased to Humana Medical Plan, one of the core operating entities of Humana Inc. Humana is the nation’s second-largest provider of Medicare benefits and the fourth-largest U.S. health insurer based on revenue. Humana Medical Plan, which has occupied the property since it was completed in 2001, uses Miramar Centre II as executive office and back-office space.  Director of Operations Marlene Diaz will oversee management responsibilities with  Michael Wilkie serving as Senior Property Manager.Site Plan 3501

With the addition of Miramar Centre II to the management portfolio, Taylor & Mathis now manages all three buildings at the Miramar Centre Corporate Park. Taylor & Mathis’ Donna Korn and Jennifer Gemma handle leasing responsibilities for MetLife’s Miramar Center I & III.  Miramar Centre I is also 100% leased and Miramar Centre III has 7,700 square feet available for lease in two suites.

The property is conveniently located by I-75 and Florida’s Turnpike. It is nearly equidistant to the Fort Lauderdale and Miami central business districts, as well as the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood and Miami International Airports.


Within Two Worlds – Unique Video Walls at Waterford

Peter Romero[1]
Peter Romero
T&M Senior Property Manager
Waterford at Blue Lagoon – Miami
Highlighting my portfolio of properties to stand out among the rest of the many competing buildings in the market has always been a driving force. Strange as it sounds, it helps that I also love the art of movies, and had wanted to be a film director while in high school. So one night in bed, while I was reading the now defunct The Daily (Apple’s first electronic-only daily newspaper), I came across an article that gave me an idea of a cool, though not entirely original concept, of making the buildings we are trying to lease more interesting to existing tenants while enticing prospect tenants – as they are given the usual tour of the building.

The article was actually a short film called Within Two Worlds by artist Brad Goldpaint. The film was magical to me – the most beautifully photographed time-lapse images of the planet, set to an original score. The piece was a result of the artist trekking the Pacific Northwest for 6 months as a way to relieve the stress from the loss of his mother. Goldpaint was an established architect, but uncluttered nighttime skies, a grieving memory and a film camera made way for a touching work of art – a far cry from those esoteric art pieces audiences struggle to understand.

So I thought – I want it! I want to show that movie in my buildings! I was betting myself that this would be an accessible artist whose license rights would be attainable for a modest price. I soon laid the bones to provide for a good viewing experience – a must to any cinephile. A  flush mounted high definition projector – check. A BluRay player – check.  Flush mounted quality speakers – check. A mixer – check. All these were installed at each of the three Atrium Buildings within Waterford at Blue Lagoon Office Park. The projection wall being a main wall directly opposite the elevators. Here, the work would be enjoyed by everyone – you could not miss it. Next, I secured the film rights from the artist for unlimited public viewings. It’s interesting that his film is catching on. It’s been about a year that I purchased the film rights, and just a few weeks ago, Oprah Winfrey highlighted the artist and his film.

A photo can't do it justice! Video Installation at 6505 Waterford
A photo can’t do it justice!
Video Installation at 6505 Waterford




I still get people telling me how cool the ‘thing” looks in the buildings; central to the conceit of the idea – to get noticed and remembered effectively. It’s not too often you’d walk into “any building USA” and have a real artful and memorable experience. Cool.