Photo and video tour: Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science

With construction of the new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science now past the 50% mark and the project’s fundraising campaign now at 65% of its goal, we had a chance to tour the (very active) construction site.

Without further adieu…

You need not use your imagination to envision the new planetarium coming together at the Museum’s northwest corner, along Biscayne Boulevard

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Entering the construction site, you begin to get a sense of the scale of this four building, 250,000 square foot complex.

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A centerpiece of the Museum will be the 500,000 gallon saltwater aquarium that replicates the Atlantic Gulfstream, part of the Living Core exhibit. This photo was taken looking east, directly over the top of the aquarium’s shark tank.

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It’s hard to believe there’s any scaffolding left in South Florida. This shot of a central promenade offers a sense of how the Museum design incorporates outdoor spaces between interconnecting buildings.

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You can begin to make out one of the many spots where visitors will be able to peer into the Living Core aquarium from below.

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The views of downtown Miami (and Biscayne Bay, to the east) are unobstructed from throughout the new Museum. In fact, the entire design was created to take full advantage of natural light and the sea breeze.

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And just as our was coming to a close, a crew of more than 150 people was prepping for an around-the-clock, continuous concrete pour that would make anybody in the construction sector blush. 24-hours, 131 trucks, 1,200 cubic yards of concrete…you get the idea. Here’s the time lapse video: