Miami, Florida, USA skyline Making any building stable in hurricane-force winds is a challenge anywhere. But making a building hurricane-proof in a city at sea level in a state without basements that sits on porous limestone requires a quantum leap forward in building design. (Credit: SeanPavonePhoto/Adobe Stock)

Last month, developers broke ground on what will become Miami’s first supertall skyscraper, a 100-story tower that will also be the city’s first 1 million square-foot building.

The Waldorf-Astoria residential tower looks like stack of glass cubes precariously perched atop each other Jenga-style, which no doubt increased the engineering challenge of making downtown Miami’s first supertall about to withstand 100 mph hurricane-force winds.

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