John Moriarty and Associates Florida office – Vice

JMA Florida VICE picJohn Moriarty and Associates’ relationship with developer PMG continues with its work on the Vice apartment project in Miami.
By Jim Harris

John Moriarty and Associates’ ability to meet its clients’ needs has earned it regular business from a number of high-profile owners and developers.

“We are an owner’s contractor,” says Rick Schuerger, vice president and project executive for Moriarty’s Florida office. “We work closely with the owner as well as with architectural and design teams to make sure we keep and maintain our schedule.”

Moriarty’s Florida office in recent years has completed several large commercial and residential projects for developers including New York City-based Property Markets Group (PMG). The office’s projects for PMG include ECHO Aventura, a development with two 11-story buildings housing 172 condominium units in Aventura, Fla.; ECHO Brickell, a 56-story, 172-unit building in Miami; and Muse, a structure in Sunny Isles, Fla., that will feature 64 condominium units. Work on ECHO Aventura concluded in 2016; the ECHO Brickell and Muse projects are expected to wrap up before the end of 2017. JMA Florida Vice box

The contractor in June topped off its fourth project for PMG. The project, known as Vice, is a 31-story luxury apartment building in downtown Miami. The $110 million, 790,000-square-foot building is expected to open next summer. Foundation work on the project began in August 2016.

The 464-unit building has a concrete and steel foundation and a glass and stucco exterior. Recent work included completing the building’s elevators and interior unit finishes, including all common areas.

A Social Experience
Vice is marketed by PMG as a “social living” apartment complex targeting young professionals. Units range in size from studios to three bedrooms. The building’s 464 units will include high-tech features such as keyless entry doors that can be unlocked by thumb drives and smartphones, as well as in-unit speakers that connect wirelessly with smartphones.

The building will include a 18,000-square-foot amenity level with a pool deck and fitness center. Vice’s 10,000-square-foot lobby will include a bar and a coffee shop, Schuerger says.

The first floor of the building will include 6,000 square feet designated for retail. Two businesses – OXXO Dry Cleaners and GOGO Fresh cafe – have already leased space.

Logistical Challenges
Vice’s location in downtown Miami poses logistical challenges for Moriarty. “This is a tight site,” Schuerger notes. “We are shoe-horned between the Miami-Dade Transit Authority Metro Mover, a community college and a Holiday Inn.”

The east side of the property is the only side open to cranes and other equipment. Workers park off site and either take the Metro Mover – which is located on the west side of Vice – or buses to the worksite.

Large deliveries to the worksite are scheduled around Metro Mover activity. The concrete foundation for the building was placed by crane during the four-hour period in the middle of the night. “We flew the crane when the [Metro Mover] was closed,” he adds.

Moriarty maintains safety during crane activity by having spotters on the ground who have direct contact with train operators. Other safety measures include weekly management meetings coordinated by the project’s on-site safety manager, weekly meetings with subcontractors, and a monthly meeting with all project personnel.

The general contractor schedules all aspects of the work out three weeks ahead of time during its weekly subcontractor meetings. “We all agree on the schedule before we leave the meeting, which is good, because everyone has to buy in on it,” Schuerger says.

Safety Planning
Moriarty’s safety strategy on the Vice site reflects the company’s corporate focus on maintaining safe workplaces for its employees, subcontractors and building occupants.

“Safety awareness, training and enforcement begin with the acknowledgment and combined support of Moriarty superintendents and upper management,” the company says.

The company’s safety plan that addresses aspects of safety and health information related to its construction activities. “Compliance with the plan is the minimum requirement for all subcontractors and personnel that work with Moriarty,” it says.

“Before construction activities commence, the safety director and project staff fully evaluate the job activities and establish a site-specific safety plan,” Moriarty adds. “Safety planning continues as the work takes place and is discussed in detail with each subcontractor daily and at weekly foreman’s meetings. 

“These meetings include review of the specific work to be performed and recognition of potential hazards to be planned for prior to the work taking place,” the company says, noting that its program and staff have effectively reduced the number of injuries. The company’s EMR rating is .79.

Committed to Results
Moriarty’s office in Hollywood, Fla., was established in 1990, five years after the company opened its doors. Since then, the office has completed in excess of 250 new construction projects including residential, mixed-use, commercial, hospitality and industrial projects.

In addition to its work with PMG, Moriarty Florida regularly works with national developers including The Related Group. The office’s recent projects for Related include the Hyde Resort & Residences, a 40-story hotel and condo building in Hollywood Beach, Fla.; and SLS Brickell Hotel and Residences in Miami, a 52-floor building with hotel rooms, residences, and retail and restaurant spaces.

Moriarty also has offices in Winchester, Mass., performing work in eastern Massachusetts and northern New England; Hartford, Conn., performing work throughout Connecticut and Rhode Island; and Alexandria, Va., with work in the Washington, D.C.

The company says it has grown to become one of the most respected construction management firms in the industry thanks to its continued success in delivering predictable results on a variety of project types. Whether high-rise office construction in urban settings, complicated laboratory and healthcare facilities, residential projects of varying standards or suburban office buildings, John Moriarty builds quickly and effectively.

To make the construction process smoother, the company offers a plethora of services that are essential to keep projects on track such as preconstruction consulting, construction management, general construction for new buildings, building additions, renovation projects and fit-out for interior spaces.  

The variety of its work and the specific needs of its clients demand the ability to adapt to individual project conditions with innovative solutions. According to the company, the challenges of scheduling and coordinating projects with increasingly sophisticated technologies are met with timely and effective management. On all projects that the company undertakes, it strives to remain committed to providing the highest level of service in the construction industry, it notes.

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