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.

Tenant Fitness Center Grand Opening

Check out the new Wells Fargo Center Fitness Center located on the 19th Floor. The Fitness Center provides state-of-the-art exercise equipment including a variety of cardio and strength training machines. Each piece of cardio equipment has its own TV screen and iPod connection. The fitness facility also includes Pilates mat equipment.The facility is open Monday to Friday from 6 am to 10 pm for the exclusive use of Wells Fargo Center tenants at no cost.

 

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ARCA Capital Investments Signs Lease

Wells Fargo Center has captured its fifth tenant this year with ARCA Capital Investments, Inc., signing a 4,418 square foot lease at the downtown Miami office tower.  Taylor & Mathis reports year-to-date leasing activity at the building has exceeded 50,000 square feet.  “Interest in Wells Fargo Center has come from a diverse corporate base,” stated Taylor & Mathis’s Brian Gale, who spearheads leasing efforts for owner MetLife.  “This year we’ve leased space to a financial services firm, law firm, business school and two real estate firms – a high-end executive suite operation and a top brokerage firm.”

Andrew Easton of Jones Lang LaSalle negotiated the lease transaction on behalf of ARCA, a wealth management financial services firm, which is relocating to downtown Miami from Miami Beach.  Ryan Holtzman of Taylor & Mathis represented MetLife.

“ARCA Capital Investments chose Wells Fargo Center as the permanent location of our offices.  We regard Wells Fargo Center as the premier office space for South Florida, and it provides the most value for the applicable lease rates.  The amenities of the office building and the adjacent JW Marriott Marquis are truly exceptional. The location, facilities and staff of both the office building and the hotel dovetail nicely with our desire to provide concierge service to the Ultra High Net Worth clients,” said Indra Campbell, President & CEO ARCA Capital Investments.

Regus Business Centers & Manchester Business School Lease 21,370 Square Feet

Leasing Momentum Continues at Wells Fargo Center Miami

Wells Fargo Center is on a roll…..Less than a month after Taylor & Mathis announced Littler Mendelson & Studley had signed leases for 25,000 square feet, two more tenants have signed leases at Wells Fargo Center in downtown Miami.   Regus Business Centers and Manchester Business School America, Inc. have signed long term leases for 16,951 and 4,419 square feet, respectively, for a combined value of over $12 million.

“For the second time this year a leading commercial real estate firm has chosen to relocate their offices to Wells Fargo Center,” stated Taylor & Mathis’s Brian Gale, who spearheads leasing efforts for owner MetLife. “We can’t think of a better testament to our assertion that Wells Fargo Center is the highest end option for office space in downtown Miami.”

Keith Edelman and Scott Goldstein of Jones Lang LaSalle co-brokered the transaction representing Regus Business Centers, the world’s largest provider of flexible workspaces.

Lance Healy of Healy Commercial Real Estate negotiated the lease transaction on behalf of Manchester Business School, which is relocating to Wells Fargo Center from Wachovia Financial Center at 200 South Brickell.  Ryan Holtzman of Taylor & Mathis represented MetLife.

 

JW Marriott Marquis Miami – Hotel of the Year!

The JW Marriott Marquis Miami at Wells Fargo Center Miami received two prestigious awards from Marriott International: JW Marriott Hotel of the Year and General Manager of the Year for Florencia Tabeni!  Congratulations to Florencia and her staff!

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