Construction is going vertical at Society Orlando, a two-tower mixed-use project of 17 and 28 stories in Downtown Orlando’s Central Business District. Designed by Orlando’s very own Baker Barrios and developed by Property Markets Group in collaboration with Raven Capital Management, the 825,000-square-foot development occupies an entire city block addressed as 434 North Orange Avenue, and is set to become the single largest residential project in all of Downtown Orlando.
Recent photos show the state of construction at the site. The structural concrete columns that are to eventually span the entire ground floor level are still being assembled. The section of the structure that’s made the most progress is on the northwest corner of North Orange Avenue and West Livingston Street, where the south tower of 28 stories is planned. Several columns have been poured in and hardened, and metal supports have been erected all around the base of the south tower in preparation for the mezzanine level.
One of the entrances to the parking structure is also being formed along West Livingston Street, where exposed rebar, metal supports and horizontal steel beams can be seen.
Although the project is technically supposed to occur in two phases, it appears a concrete core is being erected on the side of the planned 17-story north tower. This means that we may see an acceleration on the original plans and potentially see both towers rise sooner rather than later.
The development is expected to yield 484 dwelling units within the first phase and 223 units within the second phase, totaling 707 rental apartments when combined. When complete, PMG will marketing the project under the Society Living brand. The original plans for the building included 120,000 square feet of office and retail space, but due to several revisions, that number has been scaled back a ton. The new square footage is not known, but could be in the range of 35,000 to 40,000 square feet of office/retail space. The podium was reduced to 5 stories, down from the original 8, so that could be the reasoning in the reduction of square footage.
Moriarty Construction is the general contractor. The cost of construction is said to exceed $170 million.
Society Orlando is expected to reach completion by the end of 2022 or potentially early 2023.