Wells Fargo Signs Downtown Miami’s Biggest Lease of 2016

MIAMI, FLORIDA — Cushman & Wakefield announced that it has negotiated Miami’s largest downtown office lease of 2016, a $32 million relocation and expansion lease at Wells Fargo Center with Wells Fargo Bank and Wells Fargo Advisors.

The office leasing team of Vice Chair Brian Gale, Managing Director Andrew Trench, Managing Director Ryan Holtzman and Director Jeannette Mendoza represented building owner Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in securing the long-term 54,160-square-foot lease expansion.

Wells Fargo will relocate its personal banking, small business banking, commercial banking and investment advisory services to Wells Fargo Center from Southeast Financial Center in November 2017. The move increases its existing footprint in the building from 96,656 square feet to 150,816 square feet. JLL’s David Preve represented Wells Fargo.

“Wells Fargo Bank is one of the most recognized names in the country and we are ecstatic they decided to move over and expand their operation at Wells Fargo Center,” said Gale. “They are now the largest tenant in the building.”

Wells Fargo Center is a LEED Gold-Certified, 752,488-square-foot Class A office tower developed in 2010. The 47-story building is the fifth-tallest building in Florida at 647 feet and offers unmatched views of Biscayne Bay and downtown Miami. The asset features a 1,300-space parking garage, 24-hour security and card-controlled access and a state-of-the-art fiber-optic telecommunications system.

Wells Fargo Center adjoins the five-star JW Marriott Marquis Hotel and Hotel Beaux Arts, which provide tenants an exceptional array of amenities including more than 300 luxurious hotel rooms, a fitness center, a spa and salon, a full-floor entertainment complex, four restaurants and on-site retail. The building is also served by the adjacent 447-unit Met I condominium tower and will soon offer immediate access to a Whole Foods Market and the planned five-story MET Square Entertainment Building, which will house an upscale 12-screen movie theater and 20,000 square feet of retail space.

Wells Fargo Center is situated in the heart of downtown Miami at 333 SE 2nd Avenue. This location within the Miami-Dade County’s Enterprise Zone provides convenient access to Metromover, Metrorail, Interstate 95, Brickell Avenue and Biscayne Boulevard.

 

Silversea Cruises to Relocate Americas Office to Wells Fargo Center

Silversea Cruises, an ultra-luxury cruise line, has leased 17,000 square feet on the 26th floor of Wells Fargo Center.  The deal was brokered by Taylor & Mathis’ Brian Gale and Ryan Holtzman and Scott Goldstein & Keith Edelman of Avison Young. “The hotel component & the ability to recruit young employees who can now afford to live in downtown/Brickell were big factors in securing the lease,” according to Gale.

unnamedUltra-luxury Silversea Cruises plans to relocate its Americas office from Fort Lauderdale to Miami, Florida. The move is currently scheduled for late 2015. The company, which maintains offices in London, Frankfurt, and Sydney, with its global headquarters in Monte Carlo, will move all staff currently working in the Fort Lauderdale office to new, first generation, Class A office space in the Wells Fargo Center, a world-class office high-rise located where downtown meets the upscale Brickell area, a short distance from what is arguably the world’s busiest cruise port and within a few short miles of Miami International Airport.

Kristian Anderson, Silversea’s senior vice president and general manager for the Americas, said: “Miami is recognized in the cruise industry as being the ‘cruise capital’ of the world. So we’re pleased to have found a building in the heart of the city that reflects the best of our brand and is able to meet our current and future expansion needs. Of course, as a LEED Gold-certified sustainable office building, our new location will provide a healthy, productive and beautiful work environment for our employees in what has become a truly vibrant, world-class city.”

Silversea Cruises launched its first ship in 1994 and currently operates a fleet of eight ships. The company recently announced plans to launch a new flagship, Silver Muse, in early 2017.

Spafinder Wellness, Inc. to Move Global Headquarters to Miami

In a new to market deal, New York based Spafinder Wellness, Inc. ® will move its global headquarters from New York to the Miami market, leasing 10,047 square feet at MetLife’s Wells Fargo Center in downtown Miami.

SPAFINDER-logo-“We looked at a lot of potential spaces but MetLife’s Wells Fargo Center caught our attention immediately.  It has fresh amenities, an ideal location, spectacular views, and it fits the wellness-oriented, high-end partners we represent around the world.  In our search for a downtown location, we just could not pull the trigger–but not with this building. We immediately saw us doing business here,” said Spafinder Chairman Pete Ellis. “The energy in Miami is exactly the kind of vitality we want to foster at Spafinder Wellness. Miami is at the crossroads of the Americas and has been called ‘America’s City of the Future.’ The business climate will be conducive to our continued growth and further our mission to help people–including our staff– live well every day.”

Ellis noted that the driving factors behind the decision include a strong business environment that performs above the national average, a lifestyle that is more conducive to healthy living and easier access to the rapidly expanding Latin American/Caribbean wellness travel market.

“The Spafinder Wellness headquarter relocation to Miami and specifically to Wells Fargo Center is a boon to the city and to our development which continues to attract many of the country’s most prominent companies,” stated Chuck Davis, Director and Head of the MetLife Southeast Regional Office. Wells Fargo Center is one of MetLife’s premier developments and long-term investments.

Spafinder Wellness has a global network of 20,000-plus spas and fitness locations and is the world’s largest media, marketing and gifting company for the wellness industry. The company’s Corporate Wellness 365® division offers incentive products and partnerships that help to foster wellness in the workplace. Spafinder also has offices in London and Toronto.

“We are continuing to see strong interest at Wells Fargo Center from new to market tenants,” stated Brian Gale.  Taylor & Mathis has executed six new leases this year at the building three of which were new to market tenants.  The 47-story tower will soon be home to Spafinder Wellness, Inc., ® Moto Capital, Dentmall of Florida, Berkadia Commercial Mortgage and La Prairie Group.  PwC moved its office from Brickell Avenue earlier this year and leased 43,277 square feet at the downtown tower.

About Spafinder Wellness, Inc.

Spafinder Wellness, Inc.® is the world’s largest media and marketing company for the spa and wellness industry and the leading consumer resource for feeling good and living well all year round. With nearly 30 years of experience as a spa and wellness authority, millions of people find inspiration to keep well every day via the Spafinder Wellness 365® brand, also known for its widely distributed gift cards—available at 70,000-plus retailers worldwide—and its global network of 20,000-plus spas, salons, fitness, yoga and Pilates studios and travel destinations. The company’s Corporate Wellness 365® division offers incentive products and partnerships that help to foster wellness in the workplace. Learn more at spafinder.com, spafinder.co.uk and spafinder.ca.

Thanksgiving Food Drive for Camillus House


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would like to invite all WFC Tenants to participate in our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive for Camillus House. All canned and dried goods are appreciated. Please, drop off donations in our Harvest Display located in the lobby by November 14th, 2014 .  We encourage you to join us in our efforts to help our less-fortunate neighbors. Please help us supply food for those in need. We hope that everyone will participate. 

Thank you for your help!

Brian Gale Seeing More New to Market Tenants Today Than in Past 22 Years

Taylor & Mathis has executed four new leases at MetLife’s Wells Fargo Center in downtown Miami two of which were new to market tenants.  The 47-story tower will soon be home to Dentmall of Florida, Moto Capital, Berkadia Commercial Mortgage and La Prairie Group.  The firms have leased 13,402 square feet at the building.  Earlier this year, PwC moved its office from Brickell Avenue and leased 43,277 square feet at the downtown tower.  Brian Gale, Principal and Ryan Holtzman and Andrew Trench, both Leasing Directors with Taylor Mathis, negotiated the leases on behalf of MetLife.

According to Taylor & Mathis Principal Brian Gale, “We are seeing more new to market tenants today than I’ve seen in the 22 years I’ve been leasing space in downtown Miami.”

Dentmall of Florida, Inc. a new to market tenant, leased 4,598 square feet.

Also new to market is Brazilian Hedge Fund Moto Capital who will be opening their first U.S office at Wells Fargo Center Miami.  The company represented by co-broker Tony Jones of Cushman & Wakefield leased 3,500 square feet.

Berkadia Commercial Mortgage represented by co-broker Ryan Levy of Cushman & Wakefield leased 2,667 square feet.

La Prairie Group is upgrading their office space, relocating from New World Tower to 2,637 square feet at Wells Fargo Center. The luxury skincare company was represented by Tony Jones of Cushman & Wakefield.

Tenant Appreciation Ice Cream Social

Fight for Air Climb

Wells Fargo Center and Taylor & Mathis are proud to partner with The American Lung Association for the Fight for Air Climb  Event on  Saturday, June 21, 2014.

Each year, too many lives are lost to lung disease, and this is your chance to climb, raise money and make an impact in their honor. By joining the Fight for Air Climb, you are making the commitment to fight lung disease so everyone can breathe easier, including you! Join us for one of the most unique events in Downtown Miami. On June 21, 2014, hundreds of people will walk or run their way up all 47 floors in  our building. This is a unique event that  challenges you to scale the Fifth Tallest Building in Florida at 647 Feet. Whether climbing for a winning time or simply to cross the finish line in honor or in memory of someone with lung disease, this event is a great way to challenge yourself physically. We guarantee that all finishers will discover a new-found respect for healthy lungs!

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*All participants must fundraise a minimum of $100*

PwC US Coming to Wells Fargo Center

PwC US Signs 13-year Lease to Occupy New Office in Downtown Miami – Firm Eyes Growth and Changing Workplace Model with Move of 300+ Employees

PwC US has made a major commitment to the region by signing a 13-year lease with MetLife, Inc. for 43,277 square feet at the Wells Fargo Center in downtown Miami. Approximately 300 PwC partners and professionals will make their move into the Gold LEED-certified building located at 333 SE 2nd Avenue in February 2015.

Taylor & Mathis Partner Brian Gale negotiated the lease on behalf of the landlord, MetLife. PwC was represented by co-brokers Gregg Middelton and Carter Hopkins of CBRE. “We are ecstatic to add another top notch firm to our tenant roster at Wells Fargo Center” said Gale. “This is the second credit tenant moving from Brickell Avenue to Wells Fargo Center in Downtown Miami in the last 4 months. Wells Fargo Center has leased over 150,000 square feet of new leases in the last 16 months.” In January Gale announced a 35,358 SF lease for GrayRobinson at Wells Fargo Center.

In addition to signaling its faith in an exciting and thriving part of downtown Miami, PwC sought out the building to accommodate its future growth plans. The professional services firm is optimistic about its long-term growth prospects in the market and intends to increase its employment in order to continue its strong growth trajectory in South Florida.

“PwC has a longstanding history of serving companies in the greater Miami area, and we’re looking forward to continuing that legacy,” said Mario de Armas, managing partner for PwC’s Florida market. “We continue to see an increased demand for our assurance, tax and consulting services, and we’re optimistic about our future employment and the growth of our business here. We also plan to continue our work in the community, with a focus on helping local schools and organizations improve education and financial literacy.”

The office will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including the latest media sharing and collaboration tools. De Armas noted that the layout of the new space will enhance team collaboration and knowledge sharing, cater to the mobile worker and aid in client service delivery.

“As our business and the businesses of our clients continue to evolve, we recognize that technology and the workforce of the future will change the way we work,” added de Armas. “The new office design reflects this, emphasizing teaming, personal flexibility and efficiency.”
The firm is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and will have the new space built with energy efficiency in mind. Sustainable materials and furnishings will be utilized throughout the space and PwC will strive for LEED certification when the build-out is complete.

“MetLife is excited to welcome such a high caliber firm as PwC to Wells Fargo Center. As one of MetLife’s premier developments and long-term investments, the Wells Fargo Center continues to attract many of the country’s most prominent companies,” stated Chuck Davis, Director and Head of the MetLife Southeast Regional Office.

 

GrayRobinson Law Firm Signs 35,358 SF Lease

GrayRobinson, one of the fastest growing law firms in Florida with 280 attorneys and 11 offices across the state, is relocating its Miami office. Taylor & Mathis signed the firm to a long-term 35,358-square-foot lease at MetLife’s Wells Fargo Center in Downtown Miami.  The full service law firm is moving from 1221 Brickell to Wells Fargo Center in January 2015. GrayRobinson along with several other tenants are moving from Brickell to Downtown Miami—and taking up residence at Wells Fargo Center.

Brian Gale, Principal, and Ryan Holtzman, Leasing Director, both of Taylor Mathis, negotiated the long term lease on behalf of MetLife.  “GrayRobinson is the sixth tenant we have signed at Wells Fargo Center last year with new leases topping over 90,000 square feet,” stated Gale. GrayRobinson will occupy the 31st and 32nd floors of Wells Fargo Center. Gale also stated, “Wells Fargo Center, because of its location at the south side of the Brickell Bridge, has drawn a plethora of Brickell tenants across the river”.

“We explored several options in Brickell and Downtown Miami before settling on the Wells Fargo Center,” said Steven Zelkowitz, Managing Shareholder of GrayRobinson’s Miami office. “Cresa helped us navigate the landscape and balanced our short-term and long-term needs with an eye toward sustainable growth. We’re convinced we’ve found a strategic location at the Wells Fargo Center.” Barbara Liberatore Black, a Managing Principal at Cresa South Florida, represented GrayRobinson in the deal.

“It was important for GrayRobinson to establish the firm’s offices in a class A building in the urban core. Wells Fargo Center met all of the firm’s criteria,” said Liberatore Black. “GrayRobinson’s office space will facilitate the firm’s new office standards and technologies. The firm also has the ability to continue expanding at Wells Fargo Center by leasing additional space.”

“GrayRobinson is a welcome addition to the high quality tenant roster at Wells Fargo Center. The development, a long-term investment for MetLife, has attracted many of the Country’s most notable companies this year,” stated Chuck Davis, regional director of MetLife’s Tampa real estate investment office.

The law firm was attracted to Wells Fargo Center, in part, because it is attached to a world-class JW Marriott Marquis.

GrayRobinson established a presence in Miami six years ago when it retrofitted existing office space at 1221 Brickell. Although the space accommodated the firm’s needs at the time, its rapid growth—now approaching 50-plus attorneys—required GrayRobinson to seek new class A office space that mirrors its other locations and gives the firm room for future growth as it continues to expand in South Florida. GrayRobinson plans to lease temporary office space at Wells Fargo Center in January 2014 to accommodate immediate growth in its Miami office, and then move its entire legal staff to the building at the beginning of 2015.

“Our growth in Florida this year remained strong,” said Byrd F. “Biff” Marshall, Jr., President and Managing Director of GrayRobinson. “Finding quality real estate solutions in prime locations in the Florida cities we serve is vital to accommodate the needs of our clients.” The decision comes just months after GrayRobinson announced a new location in Boca Raton and recent expansions in Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale.

Wells Fargo Center is a 750,000 square foot Class A office tower located downtown one city block off Interstate 95 and south of the Brickell Bridge.  It is home to some of the most prominent and respected companies in the country, including Wells Fargo Bank, Greenberg Traurig, Deloitte, McDermott, Will & Emery and Littler Mendelson PA.  The office building shares a site with the first of its kind JW Marriott Marquis hotel and the first Hotel Beaux Arts, a new hotel of Marriott International luxury group.  Tenants benefit from the five-star amenities of the hotel, which include dining, conference facilities, an entertainment complex, fitness center, salon and spa, and the Jim McLean Golf School.  For more information, visit www.wellsfargocentermiami.com

About Taylor & Mathis

Taylor & Mathis, the exclusive leasing agent for Wells Fargo Center, is a diversified real estate company specializing in the development, marketing and management of office buildings, suburban office parks, industrial parks and mixed-use projects.  In Florida, the company leases and/or manages a portfolio more than 12 million square feet.  Founded in 1967, the company has developed properties exceeding $1.9 billion in value and has established itself as one of the most respected regional real estate firms in the United States. Based in Atlanta, with offices in Miami, Tampa, Orlando and Sunrise, Taylor & Mathis concentrates its business activity in primary growth markets in the southeastern United States.  For more information, visit

www.taylormathis.com.

About GrayRobinson

GrayRobinson is a full-service corporate law firm with over 280 attorneys throughout 11 offices across Florida. The firm provides legal services for Fortune 500 companies, emerging businesses, lending institutions, local and state governments, developers, entrepreneurs and individuals across Florida, the nation and the world. GrayRobinson has been named among Corporate Counsel magazine’s Go-To Law Firms for America’s 500 largest companies. Selected firms were chosen for delivering exceptional work for the Fortune 500.