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August 12th, 2021 by Nathan Hobbs

Miami Central Gets a New Look

By Emmariah Holcomb

When the owner of an iconic building in Miami wanted to give the space a facelift, and provide a greener workspace with a smaller carbon footprint, he turned to Sea Cool Window Films (SCWF), located in Miami, Fla. The company recently installed 3M™ Sun Control Window Film, Prestige 40 on Miami Central. The building is a part of the Miami Central mixed use development, which includes the Virgin Miami Central Station, and one of two new Class AA office buildings that are part of a mixed-use project that spans over six city blocks.

“The window film has already made a difference in the temperature and glare for the businesses in the building,” said Alberto Regalado, owner of SCWF.

SCWF installed window film on the interior glass throughout each floor of the building.

“This is a conscious decision by the owners to create a more sustainable, green working space in downtown Miami,” Regalado said. “The building A/C units will consume less power to keep the spaces cool and all interior furnishings will be protected from fading, effectively increasing usability and lifespan. Overall, this is a win-win for everyone.”

Both Regalado and Juan Carlos Acosta, SCWF vice president, spent two years working with building architects, and the property management company prior to installing the film. According to Regalado, the project used about 46,000 sq. ft. of window film, which is roughly 110 rolls of 60” x 100’. “There were seven installers who worked on this project who sometimes worked on the weekends because of availability of office windows on some of the floors,” said Regalado. “We were aiming to minimize disturbance for existing tenants. The project took about 10 months, we needed to spread the install out based on the availability of windows, as a large portion of the building was still under interior construction.”

The project did face a logistical issue. “In some cases we needed to work on specific days so as to not disturb the tenants work,” recalled Regalado. “We had the pandemic hit right in the middle of the project, to keep up our strict safety requirements we had to increase our sanitation, PPE use and regular testing of personnel. This added another layer to our logistics but we were able to work through it.”

Regalado said that projects of this size don’t always happen quickly and there were a lot of people involved in the decision-making process.

“The tenants who are there are already loving it,” said Regalado.

Regaldo said he is happy that his company can provide a valuable service to the up-and-coming Virgin Miami Central complex. “It is an honor to work on such an iconic building in downtown Miami,” Regalado said. “For years to come, the window film that we installed is going to continuously make a difference for the tenants and visitors in that building.”

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