Our new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science is making more and more progress at the construction site. On a recent Channel 7 News story, Museum COO Frank Steslow showed 7News around the construction site, talking about the cultural, educational, and economic benefits of the new Museum project, and pointing out some of the amazing features you can expect to see when the building opens in 2015: a spherical planetarium with external projections that can make the sphere look like the Earth or anything else we can imagine, a rooftop garden with fitness trail, a martini-glass shaped aquarium where you will see hammerhead sharks swimming above your head, and more.
Construction on the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science is taking leaps and bounds every day. And the design of our new Museum includes not only the building itself, but the surrounding plaza area as well. Stabil, the precast subcontractor for the plaza, has created this video of the production of a planter mockup. One down, 50 more to go!
If you read the previous post on this blog and were hoping for a real time-lapse video of the construction so far on our new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, your wish has been granted. The following video was released today, and condenses months of work into just 14 seconds. Watch closely!
If you’ve ever seen one of those time-lapse videos – bustling crowds at Grand Central Station, swirling clouds steadily forming into a hurricane, or construction workers erecting a building bit by bit – it really makes you appreciate the action in a whole new way. In the case of those clouds, if you see just one image, it may look calm and serene. But if you see a sequence of images showing a hurricane forming, it can feel like an intense, dynamic spectacle. It’s kind of like a zoetrope, which is a device that has been around for thousands of years, that gives the illusion of motion through a series of images in rapid succession. In the image below, the little girl is watching the zoetrope at the Miami Science Museum.
When the little girl leans down to look through the slits in the side of the rotating cylinder, the images of the still-frame horses appear to be one galloping horse.
Documenting the construction of the new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science is like that zoetrope. On any given day, a photo can be taken of lots of workers doing their jobs bit by bit. But looking at a few photos in sequence, you can begin to see the changes in action. Just imagine how the building and these workers would look in a time-lapse video. Or even through a zoetrope. Stay tuned for more action!
June 20, 2012 (For reference, notice the new Perez Art Museum Miami under construction in the background, and the Adrienne Arsht Center to the left)
September 10, 2012 (from the same viewpoint)
November 28, 2012 (from the same viewpoint; the Arsht Center is just off the image to the left)
When you look at a construction site, it’s easy to let your mind wander into questions like… How many pounds of concrete? How many tiles on the walls? How many miles of cables, pipes, or wires? How many people does it take? The list is endless, and includes a seemingly infinite amount of details that may not even occur to you. So take a look at the photos below, and let your imagination run away with you. The first image is the construction site as of December 2012. In order to build the final Museum you see in the second photo, opening in 2015, imagine all the things it will take. Here are a few numbers to get you started. There are:
1,100 construction documents drawings
5,000 pages of construction documents technical specifications
half a million 3-inch round porcelain tiles on the exterior of the “Living Core” part of the building
almost 7,000 cubic yards of concrete in the foundation. What does that mean? If you put that much concrete on the basketball court of the American Airlines Arena, it would be a block of concrete almost 4o-feet high. Or if you would rather, with that amount of concrete, you could pave a mile of Biscayne Boulevard.
What are some of the other things you would you like to know?
Check back later for more trivia!
The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science – The construction site as of December 2012
The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science – How it will look when it is completed in 2015