Miami Intermodal Center

Metro Rail & Bus Canopy at the Miami Intermodal Center (MIC)

Photograph of the train entrance to MIC from the Miami Internation Airport.A massive transit center in Miami Dade County, Florida was built for international travelers to Miami, Florida. The project is part of the transit program for visitors and residents traveling to and from Miami International Airport, giving air travelers several options to connect their journey to their mode of transportation, including car rental, bus, and train transit.

The architects Perez & Perez brought Zahner into the project to engineer, fabricate, and install, working under Odebrecht of Brazil to produce this extensive project, substantially completed in 2012.

Zahner is involved in several areas of the project, the most visible being the dual-curved train canopy with window slits glazed-in throughout the whole. The multi-million dollar contract required much of the Zahner fabrication facility for nearly a full year of manufacturing the hundreds of massive ZEPPS® Panels for nearly a year.

Angel Hair® Stainless Steel on the Miami Intermodal CenterAngel Hair® Stainless Steel on the Miami Intermodal Center


Miami Intermodal Center metal clad ZEPPS® panels with Angel Hair® Stainless Steel.

Photograph of the Bus Canopies and Facade for Miami Intermodal Transit Center.

Photograph of a train leaving the Miami Intermodal Center.
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Photograph of a train leaving the Miami Intermodal Center.

Photograph of a train leaving the Miami Intermodal Center.
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Photograph of the Interior metalwork underneath the MIC Canopy.

Interior metalwork underneath the MIC Canopy.
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Case Study

Zahner used the latest generation of the ZEPPS® Technology to manufacture prefabricated assemblies which were shipped to Miami. The ZEPPS® Technology was developed for producing complex curves and geometries, and it also streamlines and maximizes efficiency for the construction of these curved forms. The Main Canopy is composed of 156 ZEPPS® Panels, each over forty feet long, totaling nearly five-hundred feet in length.

Image of Miami Intermodal in the Shop at Zahner

Image of the shop at Zahner during fabrication of Miami Intermodal Zepps.

Zahner Shop floor during the production of Miami Intermodal Center

The ZEPPS® Panel Design was tested and re-tested in a wind-tunnel at 150PSF to withstand 250MPH winds, or nearly twice that of a category five hurricane.  The Miami Intermodal Center is situated just a mile from the airport, which is less than ten miles from the Atlantic ocean, so the potential for a hurricane is real possibility. After the panels were tested, each of the subsequent panels produced were designed and built using these specifications.

Each ZEPPS® Panel serves as the base for the Angel Hair® Stainless steel skin which will smoothly cover the surface of these canopies.





Zahner field operators install the ZEPPS® Assemblies on the adjacent bus canopy.






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