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A new virtual reality lab for builders and developers opens in Miami

See Suffolk Construction’s Smart Lab

An example of Suffolk Construction’s Smart Lab
Photo: J. Michael Worthington, Jr.

Real estate’s obsession with virtual reality is taking hold in Miami. The Miami Herald takes a look at Suffolk Construction’s virtual reality Smart Lab, which opened in the national contractor’s downtown office earlier this month.

The lab includes a CAVE or Computer Aided Virtual Environment room where clients and builders can actually walk through renderings wearing HTC Vive headsets — and an entire group can explore a virtual space together with via WorldViz VR 3D glasses. Some Miami projects that incorporated virtual reality technology in the building and design process include Jade Signature, the under-construction Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, and the new Royal Caribbean Cruises terminal at PortMiami.