![The new Building 6 at MDC, InterAmerican Campus] The view in Little Havana at the corner of Calle Ocho and Southwest 27th Avenue, once maligned due to a drab, unimaginative tower, has forever changed for the better. Thanks to a renovation from Miami Dade College, the old InterAmerican Tower is now a striking focal point for the College’s InterAmerican Campus expansion. In addition to a creative lighting scheme and a 1,000-square-foot, high-resolution LED screen displaying promotional messages on the outside, the building received a major renovation inside. The two-year, $35 million project included the addition of high-tech classrooms and labs, new study spaces and inviting atriums that encourage students and faculty to stay and mingle. Fully opened this fall, the new Building 6 serves thousands and carries on the tradition of other MDC buildings, designed with indoor and outdoor aesthetics in mind. In keeping with its goal to enhance the community, InterAmerican Campus also was one of the winners of the Miami Foundation’s 2017 Public Space Challenge for its plan to transform a parking lot in Little Havana into an urban oasis of parkland. Awarded $22,000 to fund the project, IAC will include work from a local artist and will feauture a beautifully designed, shaded seating area in the new UrbanaSpace.
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