Southeast Financial Center in of Miami’s Central Business District recently received Gold Wired Certification under Wired Score, a rating system that recognizes buildings for internet connectivity, infrastructure, and readiness to improve. Built in 1984, the building totals 1.225 million SF, and it is the first in the State of Florida to receive this recognition for the technology and connectivity available to tenants.
Located at 200 South Biscayne Boulevard, Southeast Financial Center is comprised of two buildings: a 55-story Class A Office Tower distinguished and a 15 story Annex Building which houses the popular DavidBartonGym and 1,200 parking spaces.
Wired Score was launched in 2013 as WiredNYC by the then Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration in partnership with New York City Economic Development Corp. In April 2015, the program has expanded Wired Certification service to office property owners, asset managers and leasing agents in cities nationwide, including Boston, Chicago, Miami, Washington, DC, and San Francisco.
J.P. Morgan Asset Management — Global Real Assets owns the property on behalf of institutional investors. Amanda Voetsch, executive director with the firm, said, “As Miami continues its urban renaissance, the office space requirements of its tenants have also evolved. Tenants are requiring more sophisticated programming and amenities focused on technology and sustainability. These latest accolades position Southeast Financial Center at the forefront of this movement, and we are by no means finished with our improvement efforts.”
Sean McNamara, general manager with JLL, the building’s leasing and property management team, said “J.P. Morgan Asset Management – Global Real Assets has invested more than $20.5 million on capital improvements at Southeast Financial Center since its clients acquired the building 100 percent in late 2008. The enhancements were chosen and implemented to allow the property to stand out as a leader in the market. We look forward to continuing to work with ownership to set the benchmark for class A office space in Miami.”
Capital improvements at the property contributing to the Wired Certification include:
- Multiple carrier sources of high-speed fiber optic broadband connectivity
- Multiple riser pathways to support tenant diversity requirements and allow for connections from independent locations
- Public Wi-Fi in common areas to enhance access to connectivity throughout the building
- Telecom equipment located above grade to prevent damages from flooding
- First responder disaster and recovery system in place to enhance safety and security
“Internet connectivity has become a critical need for businesses to operate on a day-to-day basis and is a top priority for businesses seeking new office space,” said Arie Barendrecht, CEO and co-founder of WiredScore. “We applaud Southeast Financial Center for becoming the first in Florida to earn the trusted Wired Certified seal and demonstrating its commitment to providing tenants with best-in-class internet and tech capabilities.”
Sustainability has also been a focus at Southeast Financial Tower. The building earned the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Gold O+M: Existing Building certification in 2009.