By Mike S Payton, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – On Tuesday, September 3rd at 11AM, the City of Miami Beach is unveiling a new “cool roof” at the iconic cultural venue, The Colony Theatre. The sustainable roof installation features a white reflective surface that helps keep the inside of the building cool.
The Mayor and City Commission will commemorate the event alongside City Manager Jimmy L. Morales and several community leaders who have long anticipated the preservation and strengthening of Miami Beach’s cultural facilities.
The Colony Theatre is located at 1040 Lincoln Road, in the heart of South Beach. It first opened in 1935 as a Paramount Pictures movie theater, and recently underwent a three-year $6.5 million renovation.
The Art Deco building is now a 417-seat state of the art venue which hosts an array of events, including music, dance, comedy, and theatre performances. The Colony Theatre also hosted a Town Hall at the end of May to discuss climate change and the city’s resiliency plans.
A ‘cool roof‘ is a type of roofing that reflects more sunlight and absorbs less heat, causing the roof to stay cooler and helping to keep the building cooler, reducing air condition costs. When a cluster of buildings have cool roofs, this can also help to reduce the heat island effect.
A cool roof is one of several sustainable roofing systems that provide benefits not available from a standard roof. Cool roofs, green roofs and blue roofs can all help to mitigate climate change, and there is a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing platform available to Miami Beach property owners to finance their sustainable roof projects.
The City of Miami Beach recently passed the Sustainable Roofing Ordinance (2017-4102) which will allow for solar roofs, blue roofs, cool roofs, green roofs, and other roofing systems that will reduce the heat island effect, allow reuse or retention of stormwater or reduce greenhouse gases to be used in the City.
The Colony Theatre was one of three Miami Beach arts and culture institutions to be identified in a city inspection for needing full roof replacements. The other two roofs, located at The Fillmore and the Miami City Ballet, are also in the process of being restored with sustainable and resilient roofing systems.
All three roof replacements are funded by the city’s $439 million General Obligation (G.O.) Bond Program, which residents voted to approve by over seventy percent in the November 2018 referendum. For more information, visit www.GOMBINFO.com.