A Miami, Florida, architectural firm has joined with a local one to begin plans to renovate the headquarters of Banco Popular.
The Florida firm is Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates, and the Costa Rica firm is Alberto Reifer & Arquitectos. An announcement said that the Florida firm is most known for its restoration and redesign of many of Miami’s most legendary historic properties including the Morris Lapidus-designed Fontainebleau, Eden Roc, Loews, and the DiLido, now the Ritz-Carlton South Beach.
The Costa Rica firm has substantial knowledge and experience working within local codes and building methods, said the announcement. The formalized partnership marks the architecture firm’s official expansion into the Latin American market, it added.
The commission for the bank project resulted from a national request for proposals that included several international design firms, architects and engineers, said the announcement. Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates and Alberto Reifer Arquitectos said they seek to bring an international flair to the design of the new building while adhering to local requirements.
Banco Popular is on the southeast corner of Avenida Segunda at Calle 1 just east of the Catedral Metropolitana.