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: