The papers new home is a reflection of that changed reality. Located between the turnpike and the Palmetto, the new headquarters situated in the 3300 block of Northwest 91st Avenue is easily accessible by every major highway south of I-595.
McClatchy ultimately decided to lease and renovate the former Southcom building for its business operations, 12 miles west of the Omni media and entertainment district.
The Herald also bought six adjacent acres to build the plant home to three printing presses that weigh more than a million pounds each. The press foundation is three feet of solid concrete, filled with rebar, 30 feet wide and 400 feet long. To make the press pad, 55 cement trucks poured for six consecutive hours. The Herald is the only major city newspaper in the last four years to build a printing plant. The San Francisco Chronicle built a printing production plant of similar scale but the site did not include office space.
Operational for six weeks, the warehouse prints the daily Herald and el Nuevo Herald, along with editions of the Wall Street Journal and the New York Daily News, among a total of 23 publications.
This new printing plant is much more space efficient, and the work flow is more efficient, said Mike Christoper, director of digital and printing operations. The old plant was modified two or three times in 50 years.
The office building was designed specifically for the Defense Department in the late 1990s, crafted with military-grade specifics.
The new headquarters is roughly one-third the size of the Heralds previous home, which will translate to a 50 percent savings in energy costs. Put simply, the company which has gone through significant downsizing over the last decade doesnt need all that space anymore. It signed a 15-year lease in Doral, with options to stay longer.
The renovated office building has been transformed into a work space befitting a 21st century news operation. Although brimming with nostalgia, One Herald Plaza had become a decaying relic. The former Southcom was gutted and rebuilt. Its large enough to fit nearly the entire company on the second floor. The new Southcom building is now a Herald neighbor.
The expansive newsroom is an open, interlocking grid of desks and offices, creating a synergistic flow from department to department. Even editors, once tucked away in offices, are part of the bullpen.
And in the middle of the room: the Continuous News Desk, a round-the-clock operation that sets the agenda for all the ways that Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald readers get their news print, online and mobile.
Dusty, ragged furniture has been replaced with trendy new chairs and desks. A new video studio will be equipped with cameras to capture live interviews from inside the newsroom and large radio studios will house WLRN-Miami Herald News, which also moved its operations from One Herald Plaza.
The station is the nations only public radio newsroom embedded in a major daily paper.
The offices design reflects the industrys changing dynamic.
I feel like the environment will be a cultural change for us, Landsberg said. I think it will really facilitate how we work together as a team.
Roughly 25 percent of the companys revenues come from its digital enterprise. The print editions of the Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald reach 1.3 million people each week; 8.3 million readers visit both news websites and Miami.com and MomsMiami.com each month.