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Roof hatches selected for infill townhomes in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood

Townhome project uses BILCO roof hatches for reliability, code compliance.

June 04, 2020 |
BILCO roof hatch in townhomes, Little Havana, Miami

Roof hatches manufactured by BILCO were specified for townhouses in an infill housing project in the Little Havana section of Miami, Fla. All photos: Charlie Fernandes

The architect for a $1.9 million infill townhome project in Miami’s Little Havana community specified BILCO roof hatches for their reliability, safety, and code compliance.


The BILCO hatches allow access to mechanical equipment on the roof of the buildings.


Architect Jason Chandler, AIA, Principal of Chandler and Associates Architecture, South Miami, Fla., who also chairs Florida International University’s architecture department, included Type S roof hatches manufactured by The BILCO Company for the townhomes.

The hatches have a fixed interior ladder and provide access to rooftop equipment.

BILCO roof hatches were selected by architect Jason Chandler, AIA, because they work reliably and were also code compliant.



The project consists of two townhouses, each with four units. The units are a 595-sf studio with a bathroom; a 1-bedroom/1 bath with 617 sf;  and two 2-bedroom, 2-bath units with 1,130 and 1,121 sf. The units include a full kitchen, in-unit laundry, and balcony.


The three-story townhomes each have four apartments, ranging in size from 595 to 1,211 square feet.


The modern infill-build project was inspired by the brownstones of New York, the townhouses of Boston, and the culture of Little Havana.

The developer is Andrew Frey, founder and principal of Tecela. The contractor is 748 Development. Tecela secured Stay Alfred for the properties; in August 2019 the units became the brand’s 33rd domestic location.



Little Havana is the social and cultural hub for many Hispanics living in Miami, and is home to many exiles from Cuba. There are about 80,000 residents in Little Havana, 92% of whom identify as Hispanic.

In 2017, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Little Havana one of its “11 Most Endangered Places.” The list spotlights areas where architectural, cultural, and natural sites of national significance are being harmed by neglect or incompatible development.





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