Construction continues as planned on the new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science in Miami, which is scheduled to open in 2015. The Frosts endowed the 60 year old museum with $35 million of their own money for the building of the new facility. Dr. Phillip Frost is the billionaire head of Opko Health.
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Located in downtown Miami’s new Museum Park complex, which will serve as a cultural destination and economic engine in the city’s urban core, it has cost $265 million, $100 million of which came from private donations and the rest from the city of Miami.
The developers hope that when it opens after a 35 month construction period the new museum will serve as an economic catalyst for Miami-Dade County. They say that it will bring in more than $95 million a year to the area and create 914 new jobs.
The 250, 000 square foot complex will include self-sustaining technologies.
The building will harness energy fromwater, sun, wind and even its visitors to power exhibits and conserve resources. There will be a lushly landscaped indoor and outdoor “living core” of terrestrial and aquatic environments, featuring an aquarium gulfstream tank experience with over 600, 000 gallons of salt water, a full dome planetarium, interactive exhibits, innovative technology and two additional wings of exhibition space, a learning center and cafes.
The developers are currently finishing the innovation center building, and installing the new aquarium’s first concrete tank.
Miami Science Museum declares that aims to make a difference in people’s lives by inspiring them to appreciate the impact that science and technology can have on every facet of our world.
Trish and Dan Bell, co-chairs of the Museum’s Board of Trustees, said of the project that, “By supporting our campaign, individuals and corporate donors are advancing one of Miami’s leading cultural and educational institutions. An investment in the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science is an investment in Miami’s future, and we expect vertical construction to spur new excitement among our donor base.”
The new facility is being constructed by Skanska USA Building and was designed by Grimshaw Architects.