Case Study

Brightline Rail Terminal

Miami · Ft. Lauderdale · West Palm Beach

Case Study:
Brightline Rail Terminal

Creating a beautiful space to accommodate commuters and travelers for a 235-mile network of rail lines for Brightline’s busy rail stations in Florida.

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Project Description

What flooring fit the bill for Florida’s busy Brightline rail stations? A stunning tile collection makes maintenance simple, and is right on track with design specifications.

Florida’s Brightline is the only privately owned, operated, and financed project of its kind developed in the United States today. The project’s 235-mile network of rail lines is connecting South Florida to Central Florida by operating on the existing Florida East Coast (FEC) corridor and creating new tracks to Orlando. This unprecedented infrastructure project provides a vital new service for Florida residents, business people, and visitors, offering amazing travel efficiencies for the regions. Riders will be able to make the trip between Miami and Fort Lauderdale in 30 minutes; the trip from Miami to West Palm Beach will take one hour. In addition to quick travel times, estimates are that it will eliminate more than three million car trips from the region’s roadways each year.

These routes constitute phase one of the ambitious and precedent-setting project. Phase two of the construction will be completed by 2020 and will link South Florida to Orlando. The trip from Fort Lauderdale to Orlando is expected to take two and a half hours and will terminate at the Orlando International Airport.

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), in association with Zyscovich Architects, provided design services for the three, phase-one rail stations located in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach. These key portals within this progressive system are envisioned not only as gateways to their respective cities but also as iconic destinations, as well. The thoughtfully designed terminals are inviting hubs for shopping, dining, and meeting.

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Why Tile?

Materials for the project were selected in mid-2015. A 24” x 24” tile was ultimately selected because of its sleek, urban look and superior performance. With a DCOF of .50 – .60, these tiles reduce the risk of slip-and-fall accidents, supporting the goal of safety for busy railway passengers and guests. Ceramic tile creates an easy-to-clean, low maintenance surface that will aid in keeping the rail stations fresh and looking great for years to come.

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Project Details

Architecture & Design:
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) in association with Zyscovich Architects

General Contractor:
Moss Construction

Tile Contractor:
B&B Tile Installation

Distributor:
D&B Tile Distributors

Location:
South to Central Florida

Tile Category:
Industrial / Heavy Commercial

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