Miami Science Museum Completes Unusual “Martini Glass” Aquarium Concrete Pour

By: | January 22nd, 2015

The new 250,000 square-foot, $101 million, Patricia & Phillip Frost Science Museum, designed by Grimshaw Architects, is currently under construction and is scheduled to open in Miami in 2016. Skanska, Hill International and Baker Concrete Construction are participating in the construction of the project.

The museum will be a partly open-air structure and house science and history galleries, a planetarium, a wildlife center, and a “living core” aquarium, all highlighting South Florida’s animals, fish, and plant species.

Unusual Concrete Pour

Skanska executed a 1,200 cubic-yard, 120 truck concrete pour, creating 9,000 square feet of aquarium tank surface area. It took 25 hours to pour the 500,000 gallon, martini glass shaped, ocean aquarium tank.

On site for the event were Cheryl Stieffel and Peter Leifer of Miami In Focus, Inc., a photographic visual marketing company specializing in architecture, design and documentary photography. According to Stieffel, “it was an exhilarating experience photographing this massive concrete pour. You could literally feel everyone’s heart pounding as the long-awaited moment was finally a reality. It was high-drama, and everyone was in overdrive! For me, it had a somewhat surreal quality especially against a dark sky — it was a lunar experience.”

Stieffel and Leifer snapped the following images:

The following is a time-lapse of the concrete pour for the Miami Science Museum:

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David Russell Schilling

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