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Grove at Grand Bay Achieves LEED Gold

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Grove at Grand Bay Achieves LEED Gold

The Grove at Grand Bay is a truly innovative project in Miami designed by famous architect, Bjarke Ingels (B.I.G.) that achieved LEED Gold. The dual towers twisting 20-stories into the sky with 96 luxury condominiums on top of the former Grand Bay Hotel site was originally slated to be LEED Silver. However, the design and construction teams came together to go above and beyond in many significant areas to accomplish Gold.


The owner defined the sustainability goals early in the process and the design team brought together everyone early to define the strategies to meet those goals and in-turn LEED certification. Our team was comprised of seasoned professionals with many decades of experience; this was fundamental in helping to shape the design and construction strategies for Grove at Grand Bay.


Brittany Storm, Senior LEED Project Manager for the Grove at Grand Bay with The Spinnaker Group said, “We are proud to have been an integral part of the design and construction teams for this iconic project”


The Grove at Grand Bay’s Sustainability Features truly set an example of what we can accomplish together with an integrative design process and the experience of everyone on the project.


Site Features:

  • Located in the walking-friendly neighborhood of Coconut Grove, Miami where there are at least 10 basic services and two bus lines within a short walking distance.
  • Provided commercial and residential bicycle storage facilities, changing rooms, and showers.
  • Protected over 30% of the total project site area using native and adaptive vegetation.
  • Provided over 240% more open space than required by local zoning regulations.


Water Features:

  • Designs and the resulting water usage were able to reduce potable water use by 43.59%.
  • Innovative landscaping and irrigation systems were designed to reduce potable water consumption for irrigation by 78.88%


Energy and Atmosphere Features:

  • Achieved an energy cost savings of 12.78% using ASHRAE 90.1-2007 Appendix G methodology.
  • Enhanced Commissioning to assure that Owner’s Project Requirements and Basis of Design were met.
  • Provided Enhanced Refrigerant Management.
  • Supported Green Power production.


Materials and Resources Features:

  • Diverted 76.6% of on-site generated construction waste from the landfill.
  • Incorporated recycled material content of 32.61% of the total building materials costs.
  • Acquired 34.61% of total building materials by costs from sources extracted and manufactured within 500 miles of the project site.


Indoor Environmental Quality Features:

  • Only used low-emitting or zero-emitting VOCs in all adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, and flooring systems.
  • Provided direct line of sight views to the outdoors for 91.38% of all regularly occupied seated spaces.


Innovation in Design Features:

  • Achieved Exemplary Performance in providing Open Space.
  • Accomplished Exemplary Performance in Recycled Content for the amount/value of building materials.
  • Planned and implemented a Green Cleaning policy.
  • Achieved Exemplary Performance in the amount of Green Power production committed to support over the upcoming years.
  • Planned and implemented a Green Pest Control policy.


We at The Spinnaker Group are happy to have been a part of this great project and hope that it will inspire many more people to see that buildings can be both beautifully and sustainably designed and constructed.


Location: Miami, Florida


Owner: Terra Group


The Spinnaker Group Services Rendered: LEED Consulting, Building Commissioning, & Energy Modeling


Architectural Design: Bjarke Ingels Group


Architect of Record: NBWW


Contractor: Facchina


Interiors: Esrawe


MEP: HNGS Associates


Structural Engineer: DeSimone Consulting Engineers


Civil Engineer: VSN Engineer


Landscape Architect: Raymond Jungles


Certification Level: LEED BD+C New Construction – Gold

Water View & Grove at Grand Bay

Water View & Grove at Grand Bay