The Southeast Financial Center Tower is a skyscraper located in the city of Miami in Florida. It is actually part of a two-acre development project in Miami that also includes a smaller low-rise building. This skyscraper was known by different previous names, depending on the different major tenants of the building through the years. It is currently the tallest office tower in Florida and the second tallest building in the city of Miami. The office tower is known for its saw-tooth design of its topmost floors seen at the northeast corner of its facade.
Southeast Financial Center History
The Southeast Financial Center was developed and originally built as the headquarters for Southeast Bank, up until the bank was liquidated in 1991. It was constructed in 1981 and took three years to build with over 500 construction workers on the project. The building complex was completed in 1984. The tower was designed by Edward Charles Bassett of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.
The building has been named differently about three times, depending on who is its major tenant was at that time. From 1984 to 1992, the tower was called Southeast Financial Center. It was also called the First Union Financial Center from 1992 to 2003. from 2003 to 2011, the building was known as the Wachovia Financial Center. Due to these name changes, the building is usually referred to its initial name in order to avoid confusion.
Southeast Financial Center Features
The Southeast Financial Center is actually composed of two buildings connected to each other. The main tower stands 765 feet or 233 meters high. It contains a total of 55 floors and covers a total floor area of 1,200,000 sq. feet. The tower’s main use is for office spaces with the first floor reserved for retail spaces with the second floor acting as the building’s lobby. The top most floor is the home to the luxurious Miami City Club.
There is a 15 story low rise building adjacent to it with its middle 12 floors functioning as parking space that can accommodate 1,150 cars. The first floor of the low-rise building is reserved for retail spaces. The second floor acts as a banking hall and the topmost floor occupied by the Downtown Athletic Club.
There is an enclosed walkway that connects the second floor of the tower to the second floor of the annex building. There is a landscaped plaza that occupies the area between the office tower and the parking annex building. The plaza is partially protected from above by a steel and glass frame canopy that is attached to the office tower and the parking annex.