Former INS Building in Miami to Become HGI

MIAMI—The former U.S. Immigration Naturalization Service (INS) building here will be redesigned by architecture and design firm Stantec and converted to a 139-key Hilton Garden Inn.

The hotel will be part of the mixed-use development project Triton Center that will also include three residential buildings, with a combined total of 325 apartments. Owned by real estate developer Florida Fullview Immigration Building, LLC, the 722,000-sq.-ft. development will also feature 17,000 sq. ft. of ground-level retail and 585 indoor parking spaces. A 20-ft. pedestrian passage within a city plaza-like environment between the residential buildings and hotel complexes will be added. Each building will have its own pool and fitness center.

Originally built in the 1960s as the Gulf American, the 12-story building features anodized aluminum sunscreens and tall transparent glass curtain walls spilling out to the street at its base. INS moved into the building in 1983 and vacated in 2008.

According to the company, Stantec will continue the building’s vanguard spirit, integrating white stucco and metal panels highlighted with bright Miami accent colors and glass curtain walls. The project is expected to achieve LEED Silver certification.