Photos: Roof installed at Miami Hurricanes’ indoor football practice facility

You can’t have a “category whatever” building without a good roof.

UM has checked that box.

The Hurricanes’ long-awaited, $34 million indoor football practice facility, set to open in August, now includes a top. The last steel beams creating the framework for the roof were laid Tuesday.

The next steps: affixing aluminum panels to the roof and putting up the walls. Once that’s done, they’ll begin work on the interior, which includes 25,000 square feet of coaches offices, film rooms, meeting rooms and office spaces as well as turf fields of 80 and 40 yards.

Players will able to practice there in the late summer.

The structure — which, according to UM, is the first pre-engineered metal building in Coral Gables — is using 1,000 tons of steel. That weighs about as much as 260,000 bricks, or about 500 small SUVs. In all, 4,800 cubic yards of concrete will be poured, or nearly a million gallons (about 969,475, to be exact). UM said it aims to make the building LEED Silver Certified, which essentially means it would meet one of the environmental friendliness standards of the Green Building Certification Institute.

A few photos from Tuesday, courtesy of UM:

A view of the roof, as workers affix panels to the top. (Photo courtesy of UM)

The roof is done: the final steel beam is connected. (Photo courtesy of UM)

From left to right: Carlos Padron, project manager for Lemartec, UM facilities chief Tim Wise, trustee Paul DiMare, athletics director Blake James, donor Carol Soffer, football coach Mark Richt and his wife Katharyn, associate ADs Jenn Strawley and Jesse Marks. (Photo courtesy of UM)

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