KM/Plaza changes name to Plaza Construction

Lands new projects including the Perry South Beach Hotel and Dadeland Mall Kendall Wing Expansion.

July 17, 2012 |
The Dadeland Mall Kendall Wing Expansion. Courtesy of Simon Property Group.

KM/Plaza, a South Florida-based full-service general contractor and construction manager, has changed its name to Plaza Construction Group Florida, LLC.

Plaza Construction also secured two new projects exceeding $100 million. Founder Brad Meltzer, President of Plaza Construction Group Florida, LLC, will continue to lead Plaza’s Southeast Regional operation, as he has done for the past eight years. In making the announcement, Meltzer added that Plaza commenced work May 16 on The Perry South Beach Hotel, Resort, Spa and Condominiums, a $100 million beachfront redevelopment by The LeFrak Organization, Starwood Capital Group and Invesco Ltd.  Upon its completion in late 2013, the 17-story, 294,000-sf transformation will be re-branded and offer 345 guest rooms and 259 condominium residences.

HKS, Miami, serves as architect for the project except for restoration of the existing façade by Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates Inc., Coral Gables.

Meltzer also announced that Plaza commenced work June 20 on the Dadeland Mall Kendall Wing Expansion, under its contract with Simon Property Group, Indianapolis.

Having first demolished 94,000-sf of existing space, Plaza is now constructing a new two-story, 102,000-sf mixed-use, retail and restaurant expansion, and is renovating 47,227-sf of mall space. Plaza’s scope of work also includes reconstructing the mall’s front entry, installing new escalators, and connecting bridge walkways with unique cantilevered features. Plaza is also adding two-levels totaling 98,816-sf atop an existing three-level garage and enhancing 172,352-sf of outdoor parking, fountains and ancillary space. Designed by 505 Design, Boulder, Colo., and CCA Design + Architecture, Miami, the expansion and modernization project is slated for completion in March 2013. +

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