SunTrust International Center Celebrates $15 Million Miami Makeover

An iconic structure in the downtown Miami skyline, the SunTrust International Center is an architectural mainstay in the Magic City. The 42-year-old building recently underwent a $15 million renovation to present a more modernized design. Under the ownership of Crocker Partners, one of the largest global real estate corporations, SunTrust International Center now offers more than just a hub for business movers and shakers and real estate aficionado.

On Thurs., Oct. 15, the top influencers in Miami came together for the big reveal of SunTrust International Center’s newest amenities, including the fantastic Bayview Sky Terrace with invigorating panoramas of the surrounding Miami horizon, a full-service, state-of-the-art gym experience (with group fitness classes and yoga and Pilates instruction) and a tour of more than 420,000 square feet of rentable office space for top-of-the-line conglomerates to utilize. The reopening of the noteworthy building was momentous for downtown Miami, representing all the promise that is in store for the area, with all in attendance there to support the revitalization.

The evening kicked off before sunset with toasts from Veuve Clicquot and Maestro DOBEL Tequila, as the who’s who mingled on the 10th floor rooftop. Sounds by DJ Le Spam & Spam Allstars provided a festive fusion of high-energy background tunes for the occasion, echoing off other surrounding structures. Throughout the evening, an endless array of bites provided by renowned celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein made their rounds, including hearty pulled pork sliders, as well as fried chicken sliders (fried chicken is a signature at Bernstein’s Cena), mini fish tacos, indulgent lamb chops with chimichurri and fig-and-pea croquettes.

Following a celebratory fill of bubbly, tequila and Bernstein’s bite-sized delights, guests were invited into the HUBLOT Lounge, which showcased exclusive pieces from the 10-month-old HUBLOT Galerie in Miami’s Design District. Julius Slaughter, boutique director, was on hand for one-on-one consultations and onsite purchases for watch enthusiasts. “The HUBLOT Lounge breaks down the walls and barriers to try on watches in a comfortable and inviting atmosphere,” said Slaughter. The display featured a dozen timepieces, including the No. 0, 45-millimeter Big Bang UNICO Mexican Ferrari (numbered zero of 25), which is sold-out worldwide, and the only piece in its collection to make it outside of Mexico, priced at $44,700. Two pieces from the Turquie Collection were also on view, including the 45-millimeter Classic Fusion Chrono “Turquie” Turkish Coffee ($35,400) and the 45-millimeter Classion Fusion Chrono “Turquie” Bodrum Blue ($35,400). The centerpiece of the case was the stunning 45-millimeter Classic Fusion Monopusher Skeleton Tourbillon, which “negates the effects of gravity on the timing of a watch,” according to Slaughter, and retails for a handsome $138,000.

The action continued on the new Bayview Sky Terrace, where a few rounds of Mixed Martial Arts Boxing ensued, with World-Champion MMA Boxers in the ring for fighting fans to ogle. To close out the evening, guests visited the Dylan’s Candy Bar pop-up, which was stocked with candy jars of chocolate-covered Oreos, Swedish Fish, Sour Brite Crawlers and white chocolate Gummy Bears, which encouraged those with a sweet tooth to create custom goodie bags for the taking.

Notables in attendance included Crocker Partners Vice President John Osborne, partner Angelo Bianco and associate Matt McCormack, international sports business and real estate entrepreneur Eric Senecal, fashion designer Rene Ruiz, entrepreneur and TV personality Fabian Basabe and TV personality and realtor and founder of DeBianchi Real Estate, Sam DeBianchi.

Photos Courtesy of World Red Eye