Skanska signs $101M contract for Miami science museum

250,000-square-foot museum will be complete during summer of 2016
December 22, 2014 02:15PM

Rendering of The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science in Miami.

Skanska USA will officially build the Patricia & Phillip Frost Museum of Science.

The builder signed a $101 million contract for the museum, which is set to be complete during the summer of 2016, the company announced today. The 250,000-square-foot museum will be one of the largest structures in Miami, according to a news release.

The project will include a full dome planetarium, a 500,000-gallon saltwater aquarium, a five-story learning center and café, and a sustainable roof with a hydroponic garden.

The exact location will be within the new Museum Park complex, adjacent to the Pérez Art Museum Miami, and overlooking Biscayne Bay and PortMiami.

“We have been working with Skanska for seven months, and we’re pleased with the progress,” said Gillian Thomas, the museum’s president and CEO, in a news release. “While we still have work to do with the building and exhibitions, our new facility is quickly advancing in the heart of downtown Miami. We can now begin to envision our completion and the impact this museum will have on the region.” — Kristina Puga