Topping Out at the Brightline Fort Lauderdale Train Station
September 16, 2016
A major construction milestone was reached at the Brightline Fort Lauderdale station: the topping out. This means that the construction of the train station structure is complete and now the focus will shift to the interior outfitting and finishes. More than 300 workers who contributed to the project donned bright yellow Brightline shirts and were on hand to celebrate, along with Broward County Vice Mayor Barbara Sharief, Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler, Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Robert McKinzie and Moss & Associates Chairman and CEO Bob Moss, along with other community leaders.
During the ceremony, Mike Reininger, president of Brightline, thanked both Broward County and the City of Fort Lauderdale for their continued support of the project from the beginning. He also thanked Bob Moss and his team for their expertise and work in reaching this significant milestone. He mentioned that Moss will be moving their Miami office from Brickell to MiamiCentral. This signifies not only a great partnership but also an example of how Brightline offers companies an expanded backyard where employees can travel more seamlessly between Broward and Miami-Dade.
The creation of jobs in the area was mentioned by several of the speakers. Just by building the station, Brightline has brought several hundred jobs to the area. Looking ahead, the station will hire 35 employees over the next six months to fill key roles staffing the station as it prepares for operation next summer. To learn more about career opportunities with Brightline, please click here.
Fort Lauderdale Mayor Seiler called Brightline the most important transportation project in South Florida. He outlined five key areas where Brightline’s Fort Lauderdale Station has or will have an impact: jobs, the local economy, real estate development around the station, tourism and transportation.
Broward County Vice Mayor Barbara Sharief recalled that just two years ago she was standing on the very same site for the demolition of the location’s previous building and beginning of construction on the Brightline station. She proclaimed it a great day for Broward County, citing the large number of people that live in the area that work in Miami or West Palm Beach and how much Brightline was going to help them to move about South Florida easier.
To commemorate the day, the officials signed their names to a Brightline flag before it was raised atop the building, alongside the American flag, as well as a Moss flag. Following the ceremony, workers and guests were treated to a barbeque lunch.
What’s next in the construction of the Brightline Fort Lauderdale station: workers will begin the interior outfitting of the station and will quickly move to getting the station open and ready in the spring of next year.
Brightline Fort Lauderdale Station Timeline:
- Start of Construction and Demolition of Existing Buildings– Oct 29, 2014
- Design Unveiling– July 8, 2014
- Moss Selected as General Contractor– January 20, 2015
- V Column Pour & “Make Your Mark” Event– May 16, 2016
- First V Column Lifted Into Place– June 2, 2016
- Topping Out Ceremony – September 16, 2016