Bilzin Sumberg is located on floors 22-24 of 1450 Brickell, an all-office skyscraper that houses several institutions, such as Chase Bank, JP Morgan, and Berger Singerman LLP.

As one will come to find, 1450 Brickell is easily accessible from the street, has a driveway that is ride-share friendly, and conveniently includes Bilzin Sumberg on its exterior signage. Based on that, I think it’s safe to say that locating 1450 Brickell on your first day at Bilzin should not be your main concern. Instead, I am here to tell you what you really should keep in mind when planning your ‘first day at Bilzin’ commute: the parking garage.

The parking garage of 1450 Brickell spans over 10 floors. However, the first five floors consist of only reserved parking spaces; spaces that summer associates do not have access to. Therefore, if you plan on driving to work, expect to park on the 8th floor or above, maybe the 6th or 7th if you arrive early enough.

The journey to the upper garage floors can sometimes be a nerve-wracking one. As most local residents know, parking garages in Miami do not offer much space for two way traffic. Therefore, approaching and passing through the narrow corners of each garage floor require care and patience, something difficult to prioritize when you’re rushing. While the 1450 Brickell garage has mirrors located at each turn that allow drivers to more easily spot incoming cars, one must still remain very cautious. Additionally, never forget to look out for pedestrians that may pop out from behind the garage walls as they walk to and from their vehicles.

Once a parking spot is found, there are two sets of elevators that you need to take: the elevators that will get you from the parking garage to the main lobby and the elevators that will get you from the main lobby to the office floors. Normally the elevators do not take very long to arrive, but keep in mind that minutes can add up if foot traffic requires more stops to be made. Oh, and with poor cell service in the garage and no cell service in the elevators, make sure to send that “I’m running late” text/email sooner rather than later.

All in all, it is highly recommended that you give yourself an estimated 10-15 minutes for the whole process: to (a) find a parking space, (b) take the garage elevators to the main lobby, (c) take the office elevators to floors 22-24, and (d) finally arrive at where you need to be. In other words, whatever ETA your GPS tells you, add 10 minutes, maybe even 15 if you plan on arriving during peak ‘start of the work day’ hours. Keep this in mind and you’ll have a much better chance of avoiding what could have been a very stressful start to your first day at Bilzin Sumberg.