(The new roof installation in progress.)
(Bradenton, FL) The South Florida Museum has completed the installation of a new reliable, energy-efficient roof thanks in large part to The William G. and Marie Selby Foundation. This past year, The Selby Foundation provided the Museum with a generous grant of $60,000 for a new roof system that protects the Museum’s infrastructure and enhances energy efficiency. The project, which covered the area over the center portion of the Museum, was additionally funded through a charitable bequest from an anonymous donor. Brynne Anne Besio, Executive Director of the Museum, noted, “These funds came to the Museum at a crucial time. A capital project of this size is never an easy undertaking for an organization – let alone a non-profit. The Museum was able to withstand the rainy summer season while continuing to protect and conserve the exhibits and artifacts within our collections.”
The South Florida Museum educates the community and strives to conserve and protect the environment of the region, with a mission “To engage and inspire learners of all ages; we protect, interpret and communicate scientific and cultural knowledge of Florida, the world, and our universe.” A reliable roof is vital to the protection of exhibits, artwork, and artifacts in fulfilling this mission. Additionally, a more energy efficient roof will help the Museum to lower cooling costs – which will aid in keeping overhead expenses low so that educational and public programming efforts can continue.
Sutter Roofing handled the installation of the new roof. More than 18,800 square feet were replaced during the project. Museum Facilities Director Jack Balkan said, “We now have a beautiful reflective white roof with a 20 year warranty that will help to protect our collection for many years to come.” The materials used in the replacement give the building a better energy efficiency rating from the Florida Power and Light Company. Brynne Anne Besio continued, “The Museum staff, Board Members, and volunteers are tremendously thankful for the Selby Foundation’s gift allowing for the installation. We are so pleased that the Foundation has helped us to continue our 65 year legacy of fiscal responsibility with our facility.”
About the South Florida Museum
The largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the South Florida Museum offers engaging exhibits as well as educational programs which interpret the scientific and cultural knowledge of Florida, the world and our universe. In addition to the permanent exhibits, the Museum features a constantly changing lineup of temporary exhibitions – offering something new to discover with each visit. The facility also includes both the all-digital Bishop Planetarium Theater and the Parker Manatee Aquarium. Outfitted with a brand new, state-of-the-art Planetarium and projection system in October of 2013, the NEW Bishop Planetarium is the region’s premier astronomy education facility with stunning new multimedia capabilities. The Parker Manatee Aquarium is home to Snooty™, Manatee County’s official mascot and the oldest known manatee in the world. Snooty shares his Aquarium pool with young manatees from the Manatee Rehabilitation and Release Partnership. These injured or orphaned animals are taken care of by the Parker Aquarium staff until they are ready to be released into the wild. For more information about current exhibitions and special programs, membership, hours, or admission prices please call 941-746-4131 or visit SouthFloridaMuseum.org.
About The William G. and Marie Selby Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Selby created their private foundation in 1955. They were interested in long-lasting endeavors that were well regarded and made a positive impact in the community. Since then, the Selby Foundation has focused primarily on academic scholarships and grants for capital projects in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties. Today, over five decades later, their legacy continues to enhance our area as a result of more than $94 million in grants and scholarships given to nearly 400 organizations and over a thousand students. www.selbyfdn.org.