By Mike S. Payton, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – On Tuesday, September 3rd at 11am, the city of Miami Beach will unveil a new “cool roof” at the iconic cultural venue, The Colony Theater. The sustainable roof installation has a white reflective surface that keeps the interior of the building cool.
On Tuesday, September 3rd, at 11am, the city of Miami Beach will unveil a new “cool roof” at the iconic cultural venue The Colony Theater, Photo by Ebyabe / Wikimedia Creative Commons License.
The Mayor and City Commission, along with City Administrator Jimmy L. Morales and several community leaders who have long looked to maintain and strengthen Miami Beach’s cultural institutions, will commemorate the event.
The Colony Theater is located at 1040 Lincoln Road in the heart of South Beach. It first opened as a Paramount Pictures cinema in 1935 and recently underwent a three-year renovation for $ 6.5 million.
The Art Deco building is now a state-of-the-art, 417-seat venue that hosts a range of events including music, dance, comedy, and theatrical performances. The Colony Theater also hosted a town hall in late May to discuss climate change and the city’s resilience plans.
A “cool roof” is a type of roof that reflects more sunlight and absorbs less heat, keeping the roof cooler and the building cooler, thereby reducing the cost of air conditioning. If a cluster of buildings has cool roofs, this can also help reduce the heat island effect.
A cool roof is one of several sustainable roof systems that offer benefits that a standard roof does not. Cool roofs, green roofs, and blue roofs can help curb climate change. Miami Beach property owners have a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) finance platform available to finance their sustainable rooftop projects.
The City of Miami Beach recently passed the Sustainable Roofs Ordinance (2017-4102), which provides for solar roofs, blue roofs, cool roofs, green roofs and other roofing systems that reduce the heat island effect, allow the reuse or retention of rainwater, or reduce the in greenhouse gases to be used by the city.
The Colony Theater was one of three Miami Beach arts and culture institutions identified during a city inspection for need of a full roof replacement. The other two roofs in the Fillmore and the Miami City Ballet are currently being restored with sustainable and resilient roof systems.
All three roof replacement works are funded by the city’s $ 439 million General Obligation (GO) bond program, which residents approved with over seventy percent in the November 2018 referendum. More information is available at www.GOMBINFO.com.