South Dade Government Center

Location: Cutler Bay, FL
Size: 10,300 SF
Services: General Contractor
Owner: Miami-Dade County – GSA
Architect: M.C. Harry & Associates

The South Dade Government Center provides space for several public-oriented government services, including its courthouse. The Center employs 140 and provides daily services to over 2,100 customers. Thornton Construction renovated approximately 10,300 SF of the 1st & 2nd floor of the existing Government Center, adding courtrooms, chambers and post judgment area, including holding cells. This project had a 31% minority business enterprise goal. During the bidding process, Thornton invited all minority contractors listed in the Miami-Dade County Department of Business Development certified Small Business Enterprise list, along with minority subcontractors with whom Thornton has an existing relationship. Thornton broke down the subcontractor packages into small scopes of work, allowing a greater number of minority firms the ability to bid on this project. Thus, 45% MBE participation was achieved on this project, exceeding the 31% that was required.