Bermello Ajamil Wins Two AIA Awards for Architecture

November 6, 2023

Two BA projects were recognized for excellence in Architecture as part of the 2023 AIA Fort Lauderdale Chapter Design Awards. Architect of Record James Bowers accepted an Honor Award for design of Port Miami Terminal B and a Merit Award for the design of St. Thomas University’s Gus Machado College of Business.

Port Miami’s Terminal B for Norwegian Cruise Lines provides an extraordinarily innovative passenger experience with a design that has transformed the face of the cruise industry. The terminal has made a prominent mark in the already famous Miami skyline.

The grand scale and design of the new cruise terminal becomes a powerful tool to enhance brand and create a sense of place that enhances the passenger experience. Terminal B takes this concept to new levels with its streamlined design, seaside textures, interactive technology, and personalized boarding. The firm’s iconic design of the all-glass terminal features a spiraled, multilevel façade that opens to stunning ocean views. The exterior design features three giant, arching, see-through domes that was inspired by and resembles three pearls placed like a nautilus.

Imagine the grandness of entering the 188,000 SF structure that spans a distance exceeding the length of two football fields. The grand lobby reaches heights of more than 11 stories becoming the true vestibule to the ship. This ultramodern facility was built with steel columns and shaped with aluminum panels, giving it an exceptionally smooth finish that further recalls the surface of a pearl. The interior design complements this signature structure to create an inviting, modern, oceanic ambiance.

The project is LEED Gold certified focusing on innovation in design and terminal operations, creating a platform that optimizes energy performance, indoor air quality, water efficiency and maximization of local materials and resources.

Congratulations to BA’s team: Luis Ajamil, James Bowers, Boukman Mangones, Randy Hollingworth, and Kirk Olney

St. Thomas University’s new Gus Machado College of Business has three main components: an Administration Building, an Academic Building, and a Career Development and Student Center. They are connected around a central courtyard on a 4.5-acre site that provides outdoor and open spaces for students and faculty to congregate and interact outside the structured classroom environment. The complex boasts a sky bridge as its focal point with a pedestrian overpass and monumental stairs that connect the buildings.

The College of Business was conceived not as a lone building but as a “campus within a campus.” The grouping of buildings together with the complimentary outdoor spaces and public plazas create a sense of place within the existing University campus. The split building plan affords each programmed use autonomy and privacy, while the central courtyard gathering space becomes the unifying element or “square” where faculty and students can assemble. The outdoor assembly spaces (the Central Courtyard, Commemorative Entrance Plaza, Monumental Stair, and Outdoor Commons area) are as much an integral part of the design and functionality of the College of Business as are the buildings.

The massing and scale of the College of Business buildings have been kept low to harmonize with the landscaped context of the site and the large nature preserve expanse that contains a natural, pristine, densely landscaped hammock of native pines and oak trees. Materials and finishes have been thoughtfully selected to impart a timeless and permanent presence. Selected facades and key design elements have been accentuated with materials that provide a heightened sense of dignity and elegance; the use of Jerusalem Stone at the Commemorative Wall and Entrance Plaza exemplifies this. The school connects the regional ecosystem with the community and promotes inclusion and social equity.

Congratulations to BA’s team: Willy Bermello, Raul Carreras, James Bowers, Randy Hollingworth, and Kirk Olney

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