The Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel in Miami opened in 1954 and has served as a resort destination whose guests have included Elvis, Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack.
As part of a $1 billion renovation and expansion that began during spring of 2006, the hotel needed a new roof system. Butcher & Baecker Construction Co. Inc., Rochester Hills, Mich., was invited to bid on the project with a select group of contractors and eventually was awarded the contract.
"We were asked to value engineer a new roof system with a minimum R-value of 20 and a Miami-Dade County Product Control Approval System Notice of Acceptance (NOA). Firestone Building Products Co. was instrumental in helping design a system that exceeded Miami Beach's stringent high-velocity hurricane wind-uplift requirements," says Bob Meller, Butcher & Baecker Construction's vice president of operations and estimator and project manager for the Fontainebleau Miami Beach project. "The roof system was to provide a fair amount of solar reflectivity and the durability of a built-up roof system."
Work began on the Fontainebleau Miami Beach roof system in September 2006.