At the end of October, Florida’s historic “Big Pour” was finished, signaling completion of the concrete foundation for Paramount Miami Worldcenter.

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The Paramount Miami Worldcenter is the 700-foot, 60-story, $500 million soaring residential skyscraper of Miami Worldcenter; it is America’s second largest urban development and the biggest building project in Florida history. Paramount is the first phase of construction of Miami Worldcenter, the soon-to-be mega-retail, residential, restaurant, entertainment, hotel, convention center and transportation complex. It will consist of multiple towers and a six block long urban core shopping and dining promenade.

The “Big Pour” consisted of 1,300 concrete truck deliveries to the site and a brigade of more than 700 construction workers who poured 52 million pounds of concrete into a massive 43,00-square-foot hole. The crews also installed 4.8 million pounds of perimeter steel reinforcements.

“We are building America’s City of the Future,” explains Daniel Kodsi, Paramount Miami Worldcenter’s developer-CEO. “Paramount is going to be a significant addition to Miami’s skyline. When people come to Miami, whether they are coming from the airport, coming from the north or from the south, this is going to be the building they see in the center of the city. It’s going to signify that you have arrived in downtown Miami.”

Now that the foundation is in place, the hiring of more construction workers and eventually post-construction jobs will be available.

“We are going to put people to work. That’s the bottom line,” says Nitin Motwani, managing principal of Miami Worldcenter. “We have trained people ourselves with Miami-Dade College and Tramcon. We are hiring tens of thousands of people from the community, from the zip codes that most need it. If you’re looking for a job, Miami Worldcenter is the place for you.”

Paramount Miami Worldcenter will offer many amenities, including one of the world’s largest elevated private urban amenities decks, situated 90 feet above downtown Miami. It will include resort-style pools, bungalows, gardens, walking paths, tennis courts, a full-size soccer field and indoor boxing studio, half-basketball court and jam room. The building’s 60th floor Skydeck will feature an astronomy observatory, lounges and a plunge pool oasis with a 360-degree view of Greater Miami, Miami Beach and Biscayne Bay.

Running through the heart of Miami Worldcenter is a six block retail and restaurant promenade filled with an unprecedented collection of two and three story “High Street” style stores and outdoor and indoor dining rooms. The promenade will intertwine with seven residential and office buildings, several hotels, including a 1,700 room Marriott Marquis and a new convention center.

Paramount Miami Worldcenter, which is expected to be completed in 2018, features 512 units with 10-foot ceilings, private elevators leading to the promenade and Skydeck. Most units have outdoor living room style terraces. One-bedroom residences start at $700,000 and penthouse prices start at $4 million.

Photos courtesy Paramount Miami Worldcenter