Solar at Miami City Hall – Miami, Florida
Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, incoming Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Mayors at the time, was searching for a demonstration of the City’s commitment to greening and to justify its honor as America’s cleanest city. Working for EcoMedia, EcoMotion recommended unique solar structures – able to withstand hurricane winds – to be ground-mounted at the historic Miami City Hall. EcoMotion found a local company able to manufacture, assemble and install them. Thanks to capable partners at the City and contracting firms, the project was also done in record time – from City Council approval to camera crews at the ribbon cutting in less than three weeks.
In addition to solar, EcoMotion recommended storm-water management, efficient plumbing fixtures, and a complete lighting retrofit including demonstration T-5 lighting. Despite structural and architectural challenges at the historic Miami City Hall – it had formerly been a Pan Am Airlines airship terminal — the project was completed on time and on budget and received significant publicity.
The Miami City Hall demonstration was sponsored by EcoMedia, an environmental marketing company now owned by CBS. EcoMotion provided strategic direction and guided high profile, simultaneous projects in Florida and California to demonstrate “clean tech” solutions through public-private partnerships.