T&M Broward Team Keeping Tenants at Sawgrass International Corporate Park

Sawgrass Plaza38,000 square feet of thanks to eFunds, the largest tenant to renew their lease at Sawgrass International Corporate Park in Sunrise, FL this year. The T&M Broward leasing team of Donna Korn and Jennifer Gemma along with co-broker Zachary Wendelin of JLL secured the 38,000 square foot renewal. Year-to-date renewals have topped 56,500 square feet at the M-M Properties’ four building Sawgrass Centre office portfolio. Bureau Veritas and All Risks, LTD renewed their leases earlier this year.

The focus now centers on leasing the portfolio’s remaining 7% of available space including a full floor of 24,000 square feet.  “With the limited supply of new and existing Class A office space in the Sawgrass market, it’s getting harder and harder for companies to find large contiguous amounts of space,” said Joel McCarty Senior Vice President of M-M Properties. The portfolio’s centralized location with access to both the Fort-Lauderdale-Hollywood and Miami International airports make it an ideal location for corporate headquarters and regional offices.

Lisa Capozzi, Donna Korn & Jennifer Gemma
Lisa Capozzi, Donna Korn & Jennifer Gemma

Ryan Holtzman Named to Real Estate Forum’s Fifty Under 40

DSC_0292Taylor & Mathis Leasing Director Ryan Holtzman has been named to Real Estate Forum’s Fifty Under 40 list. He was selected from a pool of more than 500 young professionals representing the cream of the crop of the commercial real estate industry.

“Ryan is the ultimate professional. He works hard, keeps his clients happy and has the ability to make everyone feel good in a transaction, which is a true talent. Over the last decade, he has negotiated major leases worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Ryan’s one of the best landlord brokers in South Florida.”  – T&M Principal Brian Gale

Year after year, Holtzman continues to be one of the top commercial real estate producers in the Miami market. The majority of top producers in his field are in their 40s, 50s and 60s, and Holtzman negotiates toe-to-toe with the best of the best. He joined Taylor & Mathis shortly out of college and is in his ninth year as director of leasing, specializing in landlord representation on more than four million square feet of  office space. In 2014 alone, Holtzman and his team completed 572,074 square feet of noteworthy office leasing deals. His goal is to grow Taylor & Mathis’ current portfolio of 12 million square feet to 20 million within the next five years. Holtzman is co-chair of Baptist Children’s Hospital’s Heroes golf tournament and co-chair of the South Miami Hospital Kidz Medical Services Mercury Ball benefiting the South Miami Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. A previous event raised more than $350,000 in one night.

“They are the future of our industry and, in some ways; the future is now, as young professionals are in the trenches, shaping the thinking and direction of commercial real estate. These young leaders have a drive and determination that is equal to and, in many ways, unmatched to that of their older counterparts. They’ve combined an uncanny knack for using the best of established traditions with finding ways of turning those traditions on their heads when adding their own creative spins to the equation. Their zest for giving back and innovation is an inspiration to those who have been in the business for a good many years. And, their outlook on the business is refreshing and invigorating to watch. With these leaders as the face of the industry for the next generation, it is safe to say the industry is in very good hands.”   Lisa Brown, Real Estate Forum

 

Andrew & Brian Snag Largest Office Deal in Doral

9250 DoralUnivision Leases 40,000 SF at 9250 Doral – Largest New Office Deal in Miami’s Airport West/Doral Market

Univision, an American Spanish language broadcast television network, has signed the largest new office lease this year in the Airport West/Doral market.  The firm leased 40,000 square feet at 9250 Doral. The 12-year, $14 million deal was brokered by Brian Gale and Andrew Trench of Taylor & Mathis representing the owner Delma and co-brokers Mitchell Millowitz and Lance Benson of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank representing Univision.  Univision, who owns and fully occupies a building right across the street, is expanding their offices to 9250 Doral.

Just two years ago 9250 Doral, an outdated 1980s office building was completely vacant.  Taylor & Mathis of Florida has successfully overseen the building’s turnaround filling 88% of the office space in four deals valued at $33 million, since the building’s conversion and multi-million dollar renovation. In that time 145,000 square feet of leases have been completed with Univision; Prestige Health Choice leasing 50,000 square feet; West Coast University 45,000 square feet; and Tracfone 10,000 square feet. 

The former single tenant building recently underwent a multimillion dollar renovation by owner Delma Properties to convert the property to a multi-tenant office building.  The quality of the new interior finishes makes it feel like a brand new building.  It has great ceiling height and an excellent window line.  Two years ago, 9250 Doral’s single tenant occupant, Amadeus North America, moved out and the building became 100% vacant.  Delma Properties took the Class B building and gave it a modern, Class A renovation. “Tenants are getting a great value,” said Gale. “They love the modern renovation, the Doral location and the building’s large 50,000 square foot floor plates.”

The building’s unique design incorporating three pods with near-360 views, offers multiple tenants the ability to occupy “corner” offices. It offers 50,000 square-foot floor plates in an easy-access location, just minutes from Florida’s Turnpike on Doral’s main east-west throughway. The views of the iconic Doral Golf Resort and Spa just across the street are unparalleled. Located just a mile from Doral’s mixed-use city center, it is ideally positioned for business owners who appreciate the live-work concept. With the views of Doral golf course and the City Center just a mile away, the building is uniquely positioned to take advantage of the best of Doral. It is right in the middle of everything.  The 9250 Doral building, located at 9250 N.W. 36th Street, comprises 187,000 square feet of space with floor-to-ceiling views and reflective glass exterior.

 

One Biscayne Tower Views Drive 75,000+ SF of Renewals & Expansions

One Biscayne Tower - Exterior - Side ShotLaw firm renewals & expansions are driving recent leasing activity at One Biscayne Tower, a building that has seen over 100,000 square feet of leasing this year.  Three law firms have signed renewals and expansions totaling nearly 55,000 square feet with an additional 21,000 square foot renewal & expansion signed by French container transportation and shipping company CMA CGM.  Brian Gale and Ryan Holtzman of Taylor & Mathis brokered the four deals valued at $42 million, on behalf of the building owner.

The largest of these transactions is the 10 year renewal by statewide law firm, Broad & Cassel. The firm renewed their lease of 26,000 square feet on the 21st floor.  Even though many buildings tried courting them, their views from One Biscayne Tower couldn’t be beat.  The deal was co-brokered by Richard Linevsky of NAI Miami.

“Broad & Cassel was one of the first new tenants we brought to the building over 10 years ago,” said Taylor & Mathis Principal Brian Gale.  “We were hired to lease One Biscayne Tower as new buildings were being built which were poaching tenants from existing buildings. When we first signed Broad & Cassel it really helped solidify the building’s image, which turned around the leasing momentum. From there we signed several more law firm leases. Ten years later, we are renewing those same tenants. These renewals are testaments to the quality of the building, its ownership and of course those panoramic and unobstructed views of Biscayne Bay.”

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The views were also key in securing the CMA CGM renewal and expansion. The world’s third largest container company has space overlooking the Port of Miami. “They can actually see their cargo ships, with their products and crates from their offices,” said Gale. With an expansion of 7,000 square feet, the firm now leases 21,000 square feet at One Biscayne Tower. The deal was co-brokered by Chris Coots and Didier Choukroun of Flagler Investment Property Group.

Jackson Lewis, one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, signed a 22,800 square foot renewal and expansion. The deal includes a 4,300 square foot expansion to their 18,500 square foot offices on the 35th floor. The deal was co-brokered by Chris Coots of Flagler Investment Property Group.

The law firm of Pathman Lewis, LLP renewed their lease of 10,200 square feet. The deal was co-brokered by Barbara Liberatore and Matt Cheezem of CRESA.

Earlier this year Synergy Workspaces entered the Miami market leasing 26,144 square feet, a full floor, at the building.

“One Biscayne Tower has strong Ownership, efficient floor plates with terrific window line and incredible views” said Taylor & Mathis Leasing Director Ryan Holtzman.  “With Bayfront Park located directory to the east, One Biscayne has endless ocean views that will never be obstructed. Our tenants love the fact that they are within walking distance to some of the best restaurants and hotels in the City in the fastest growing area in Miami.”

One Biscayne Tower underwent renovations to the common areas last year with the vacant spaces and tenant corridors getting all new build outs with new common area finishes and lighting.  “It looks like the interior of a brand new building,” stated Brian Gale, Taylor & Mathis Principal. One Biscayne Tower also received Gold LEED certification in 2014. During the LEED Gold certification process more than 83,000 square feet in lease transactions were completed.  Tenants include FTI Consulting, Inc., Northwestern Mutual, Sedgwick, LLP, Harvard Maintenance, Grass Roots America, Veritext, LLC, Foreman Friedman, ADD Inc., Young Bill Roumbus & Boles, PA, Flagler Investment, Marcus Neiman & Rashbaum, CellMark Pulp & Paper.

One Biscayne Tower is centered in the heart of Miami’s dynamic business district and is within walking distance of courthouses, hotels, restaurants, high-end retailers and overlooks beautiful Biscayne Bay and Bayfront Park. The building has won five Office Building of the Year (TOBY) Awards from the Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA). For more information, visit www.onebiscaynetower.com

355 Alhambra Named USGBC GalaVerde Award Finalist

355Congratulations to Senior Property Manager Lisa Mitchell and her team! 355 Alhambra (Coral Gables) has been named a finalist for the Most Outstanding LEED EB:OM (Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance) Project Award.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) South Florida Chapter has announced the Finalist Nominees for the nonprofit organization’s upcoming GalaVerde, its 2015 LEEDership and Green Awards Program.

GalaVerde awards finalists (as well as eventual winners) were selected by a panel of industry experts from around the country. Submissions were sent to the judges “blind,” without any identification of project or team or LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) achievement. Submissions were judged purely on specific criteria and merits.

With Weston-based The Spinnaker Group as Title Sponsor, the sixth annual GalaVerde will recognize and honor those outstanding projects, inspirational businesses, dedicated individuals, and instrumental Chapter members who are leading the way to a more sustainably built environment in our South Florida community. More than 350 attendees are expected at the awards ceremony on September 19, 2015, at the Hyatt Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where the winners will be announced. The evening will raise funds to support the nonprofit organization’s educational activities and initiatives.

GalaVerde 2015 will include a VIP reception, pre- and post-event cocktail hours, dinner, a silent auction, superlative networking (we call it “GREENworking”), and an abundance of anticipation for the awards presentations and keynote address.

Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and Founding Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council, will serve as the special keynote speaker for the evening. Tim Center, Executive Director of Sustainable Florida and principal of Centerfield Strategy, will serve as master of ceremonies. Fedrizzi and Center will highlight an evening of recognition and appreciation for the South Florida green-building community during which the Chapter will recognize this past year’s Outstanding Community LEEDer, Green Business, Green Government, Green Elected Official, and Outstanding LEED Certified projects in South Florida.

News Release -- USGBC Announces GalaVerde Awards Finalists

 

Waterford Partners with Communities in Schools

 

The Taylor & Mathis Waterford Portfolio has partnered with Communities in Schools (CIS) as the primary charity partner in 2015 and 2016. The 9th Annual Comcast Business Waterford 5K, Presented by BMW, will also make a significant donation to Communities in Schools of Miami. On Thursday, Waterford ended the “Fill The Bus” Campaign with spectacular results. The campaign was to collect back to school items for primary school children for Communities In Schools of Miami. CIS brought a Yellow School Bus to the Waterford at Blue Lagoon and collected the hundreds of items that were donated by tenants. These items included: book bags, copy paper, notebooks, pencils, books, pencil trays, and more! Click here to check out Senior Property Manager, Peter Romero, and Director of Planning & Operations at CIS Miami, Elyssa Linares on WSVN news discussing the Fill the Bus campaign!

 

 

 

BOMA’S SOUTHERN REGION BUILDING OF THE YEAR, 355 ALHAMBRA, AWARDED USGBC LEED RECERTIFICATION

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.

Synergy Workspaces Opens First Location at One Biscayne Tower

image001Synergy Workspaces, a new, upscale premier business center, is coming to downtown Miami leasing the entire 32nd floor (26,144 square feet) at One Biscayne Tower on Biscayne Blvd. The first of several Synergy Workspaces planned for South Florida celebrated its grand opening April 30th. The newly formed company is owned and operated by the Grant family who has been operating business centers in New York since 1998.

The transaction, a 14 year deal valued over $13.5 million, was negotiated on behalf of the building owner by Brian Gale and Ryan Holtzman of Taylor & Mathis.  The deal was co-brokered by Carlos Rosero of Green Point Partners who will lead the Synergy sales team.

“We are very enthusiastic about entering the Miami shared workspace market and servicing our members with the tools they need to succeed. We are very impressed with the growth of the Miami commercial real estate market and look forward to participating in the success of this great city.” Ron Grant.

Synergy provides companies, including startups, with the space, infrastructure, and support staff they need to operate their businesses with very little startup costs. The business center boasts 6 conference rooms with state of the art technology, a shared reception area, a dining café, and expansive common areas for members to collaborate. The center also offers over 100 furnished private suites with modern office finishes. The private suites are offered in many different sizes and configurations to meet the needs and the budgets of businesses of any size. They support a variety of industries including financial, legal and technology industry among others. Their clients will include national and international firms, which require local satellite offices, companies whom require short-term space, startups, and many others. The center also offers an uninterrupted power source to ensure that computer systems that should not go down won’t go down, in the event of any interruption of power. The space features panoramic and unobstructed views of Biscayne Bay as well as Brickell, Miami Beach, and the rest of the Miami Skyline.  www.synergyworkspaces.com

One Biscayne Tower underwent renovations to the common areas last year with the vacant spaces and tenant corridors getting all new build outs with new common area finishes and lighting.  “It looks like brand new space,” stated Brian Gale, Taylor & Mathis Principal and Managing Director. One Biscayne Tower also received Gold LEED certification in 2014. During the LEED Gold certification process more than 83,000 square feet in lease transactions were completed.  Tenants include FTI Consulting, Inc., Northwestern Mutual, Sedgwick, LLP, Harvard Maintenance, Grass Roots America, Veritext, LLC, Foreman Friedman, ADD Inc., Young Bill Roumbus & Boles, PA, Flagler Investment, Marcus Neiman & Rashbaum, CellMark Pulp & Paper.

Donna & Jennifer Bring Venture Corporate Center to Over 95% Leased

image001Taylor & Mathis of Florida’s Broward leasing team has reported occupancy at Venture Corporate Center is nearing 100%.  Already this year T&M has executed four office leases totaling 8,360 square feet at the three building office park bringing occupancy to over 95 percent.  Donna Korn & Jennifer Gemma brokered the transactions on behalf of owner MetLife. The 254,000 square foot office park contains three office buildings each approximately 84,500 square feet.

WomenCertified, Inc, the leading marketing research firm for women, has relocated its corporate headquarters to 4,000 square feet at Venture Corporate Center.  The firm awards eligible businesses and brands its Women’s Choice Award seal based on national surveys and consumer input.  The Women’s Choice Award is the only award that honors brands that women recommend and serves as a competitive differentiator for businesses. Molly McDonough of Butters Realty & Management co-brokered the deal representing the tenant.

LARM USA, Inc., an international employee relocation company is moving its headquarters to Venture Corporate Center from Pembroke Pines leasing 1,356 square feet. Latin American Relocation Management (LARM) provides total relocation management services for clients and customers moving into, around, and out of the Latin-American and the Caribbean. Luis F. Duarte of EWM International co-brokered the deal representing the tenant.

The American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science, Inc. has renewed their lease of 1,640 square feet at Venture Corporate Center. This is the third lease renewal for the Hollywood office of the New York based fundraising group.  Jarred Goodstein of CBRE co-brokered the deal representing the tenant. The American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science is a community of dedicated people who share a common vision with the Weizmann Institute in support of our common mission: science for the benefit of humanity. The American Committee partners with individuals, families, foundations, and the business community to develop philanthropic funding for the Institute; educates the American public about the Institute’s research; and represents the Institute’s interests in the U.S.

AEI Consultants, Inc. has renewed their lease of 1,360 square feet. This is the fourth lease renewal at Venture Corporate Center for the environmental and engineering services firm. Mitch Hertz with Cushman & Wakefield of California co-brokered the deal representing the tenant.  The firm specializes in environmental due diligence and engineering, energy consulting, site investigation and remediation, industrial hygiene, and construction management. Founded in 1992, and based in the San Francisco Bay Area with 20 offices across the United States, AEI Consultants has been recognized as one of the nation’s fastest-growing environmental firms.