Mr. Balboa graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Miami. Prior to founding RBL Architecture & Town Planning, Mr. Balboa worked for several well respected firms in South Florida. His responsibilities included project design, contract documents and production staff supervision and construction management. As a former partner and director of design at RBL Architecture, his responsibilities included urban design, architectural design coupled with presentation, marketing and graphic design for both client and firm. Mr. Balboa’s lifelong commitment to excellence in design without sacrificing the clients goals has been one of his primary objectives, The synthesis of design intensity and practical solutions.
Representative Project Experience Gables Engineering, Coral Gables, Florida Manufacturing facility with a total of 100,000 sq. ft. Ca’Bella, Surfside, Florida 8,000 sq. ft. Intercostals Residence Bay Point Schools, Miami, Florida Dept. of Juvenile Justice – Classroom / Library building & Vocational Center. The Mediterranean Village, Pinecrest, Florida Residential Project – 11 townhouse units Summerville, Miami-Dade County, Florida Neo-traditional Town including 100,000 sq. ft. mixed use 237 dwellings & charter School. The French Village, Pinecrest, Florida 2 acre site - 12 residential units Kendall Commons, Miami-Dade County, Florida Traditional Neighborhood - 160 acres, 1256 units, mixed use, 200,000 sq ft commercial & charter school. Doranda, Doral, Florida Traditional Neighborhood – 16.93 acres- 218 units with Mixed-use, The Mei Condominium, 5875 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, Florida 21 Story High Rise Residential building.
Representative Project Experience Federal Bureau of Prisons, Miami, Florida 400,000 sq. ft. prison facility Downtown Miami Sunset Place, South Miami, Florida Mixed use retail and residential mall. IVAX, Miami, Florida Pharmaceuticals, industrial plant Rehabilitation corporate offices, 20,000 sq. ft. City of Miami, Miami, Florida Recreation facility, 9,000 sq. ft. City of North Miami Beach, North Miami Beach, Florida N.E. 125th Street Downtown Re-design US Army Officer Housing, Puerto Rico 40 Townhouses Dade County School Board, Miami, Florida 4 Proposed elementary & middle schools Adler Residence, Miami-Dade County, Florida 15,000 sq. ft. residence Saboltsky Residence, Miami-Dade 12,000 sq. ft. residence
Chafetz Residence, Miami Beach, Florida La Gorce island, 9,000 sq. ft. The Turchin Companies, Miami Beach, Florida Custom residence, 8,000 sq. ft. The Diaz / Goodale Residence, Miami Beach, Florida Custom residence, 6,000 sq. ft.
KENDALL, MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA
Kendall Commons, represents the urban armature at the other end of Kendall Drive from the new urbanist infill of Kendall Town Center. The site consists of 160 acres of fill, and is a classic Quarter Section on the edge of the urban growth boundary. The scale corresponds to exactly that traditional neighborhood, with a walk of five minutes from center to edge. The project is developed as full neighborhood and ranges from T6 to T3, with important commercial and civic components. The bulk of the urban fabric is row house with overall density of 7.5 dwellings per acre. Net density is close to 11. 15.3 acres are reserved for a drainage lake, which will be crossed a by true bridge equipped with overlooks. The grid individuates townhouse streets, varying enclosure and urban space with a full typological range that ranges from plazas to small fronting greens, from paseo to wilderness. There are 56 new street types, all of them approved.
VIEW TOWARDS THE SW
The 200,000 square feet of commercial, office, and retail space always carries housing above. They range in size one 40,000 square foot medium box to the full program of neighborhood commercial towards the center. The civic program includes buildings for a town hall, a post office, a police substation, and for day-care; a market agora, an amphitheatre, a public hypostyle, and a variety of belvederes should also be counted as part of the civic infrastructure. A charter school, K to12, with 1,500 students, is a prominent part of the project. Project Facts: Total project acreage: 160.259 acres Total developable acreage: 106.429 acres Total open space acreage: 53.83 acres Number of single-family residential units: 106 units Number of multi-family residential units: 1150 units Total commercial square footage: 160,000 Sq. ft. Total office/retail square footage: 40,000 Sq. ft. Total square footage of public use: 1,680,000 Sq. ft. Total Project Cost: US $450,000,000
14.93 ACRE TRADITIONAL NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT –218 UNITS MIXED USE
21 STORY HIGH RISE RESIDENTIAL BUILDING
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA
GOULDS, MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA
Summerville is half a TND, anchored on the south side by a future mixed use center that will provide components of neighborhood commercial. A school and a large green, doubling as an athletic field, anchor the northern and eastern ends. All three are tied together by eminently walkable avenues. The intersection of this armature is an oval with attached civic. The project has 267 residential units with ten different types, from single homes to rowhouses
The site consists of 48.11 Acres Gross (TND) with an added 5.7 acres in the future mixed-use center, at the crossing of SW 117 Ave and SW 248 Street. A 2.4 acre site on the northern corner will contain a charter school and a fire station. The land is ex-agricultural. The few existing trees will be transplanted to accommodate flood criteria for fill.. The T3-4 project is located in an area that is in transition from rural agriculture to single family residential. It is hoped that new development to the east will tie, providing an alternative model to current arterial pod development. The existing TND code for Dade County was followed and no variances were required. Project Facts Total project acreage: 48.11 acres Total developable acreage: 32.09 acres Total open space acreage: 16.01 acres Number of single-family residential units: 156 units Number of multi-family residential units: 111 units Total office/retail square footage: 250,000 Sq. ft. Total public use: 698,000 Sq. ft. Total Project Cost: US $115,000,000
THE FRENCH VILLAGE
PINECREST, MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA
The French Village at Pinecrest develops 1920s Coral Gables precedent to bring an urban close into a suburban context. It replaces the ranges of townhome parking lots as a development model and can be considered a retrofit of a cul-de-sac, in which a vehicular turnabout is replaced by a series of sophisticated public-private transitions made possible by shaping space. The site included a few exotic trees, which were transplanted on site. Seventeen variances were initially needed against the suburban regulations, but the project was later modified to build as-of-right. The street supports the classic human community number of 12, followed directly by parking treated as entry courts. These are in, in turn, juxtaposed to the private space of small pools, made possible by the extensive use of walls.
Project Facts Total project acreage: 2 acres Total developable acreage: 2 acres Total open space acreage: 0.5 acres Number of multi-family residential units: 12 Total square footage of public use: 2,500 Total Project Cost: US $9,000,000.00
AWARDS + PUBLICATIONS
CNU Florida New Urbanism Guidebook Publication; Kendall Commons: Traditional Neighborhood
CNU Florida New Urbanism Guidebook Publication; Summerville
CNU Florida New Urbanism Guidebook Publication; The French Village
Miami Today: Article; Firm Review and the Implementation of Traditional Neighborhoods
The New Urban News: Article; Summerville: Traditional Town Plan
Miami Herald: Article; Summerville: Traditional Town Plan and Firm Interview
University of Miami: “75 years of Building”; Exhibition: Selected Works
University of Miami: Presentation/Exhibition; Caribbean Urban Typology
American Institute of Architects: Award for Design Excellence: Ca’Bella, 8,000 sq. ft. Intercoastal Residence, Surfside, Florida
Builders Association of South Florida (BASF): Platinum Award in Architecture: French Village; 12 units Hamlet Platinum Award in Architecture: Porto Vecchio; 18 units Hamlet Platinum Award in Architecture: Porto Vecchio; Best Multi Family Product
University of Miami: Exhibition: Havana/ Miami Retrospective in Architecture
Casa International: Publication; American Houses: Casa Atlantic
Piano Mobile Gallery “Furniture by Architects” Design competition Best Dining / Conference room table “Tutti-frutti” Terrazzo & Iron Table
Neil Eisner Transeastern Homes, Inc. 3300 University Drive Suite 100 Coral Springs, FL 33065 Phone: 954.346.9700 Fax: 954.346.4190
Armando Perez Aleman City Wide Developers 10690 S.W. 7th Terrace Miami, FL 33174 Phone: 305. 221.1110 Fax: 305. 221.2322
Mike Garcia GC Homes Inc. 14600 SW 136 Street Miami, FL 33186 Phone: 305.259.8026 Fax: 305.675.3645
Timothy Goodale Phone: 305-495-2155
Jose Boschetti BF Group, LLC 2159 Coral Way, Suite B Miami FL 33145 Phone: 305.541.3738 Fax: 305.541.1314
ROSELLO BALBOA + LORDI : ARCHITECTURE + TOWN PLANNING