In November 2004, with the passage of the General Obligation Bond, Miami-Dade County approved $175 million to create a new science museum. The City of Miami also passed a resolution to provide 4 acres of downtown’s Bicentennial Park for the Museum and issued $3.5 million to support the new Museum’s site development. Alongside its sister project, the Frost Art Museum, the two side by side museums combine science, art and history into one area of Museum Park.
The 200,000-square foot Science Museum includes an aquarium spanning three floors, with mangroves and seagrass at the top, a tropical coral reef in the middle, a rooftop observatory, and a 300-seat planetarium and a wildlife center.
ADA was selected to provide civil engineering services for the science museum. ADA provided the lay-out for the preliminary site infrastructure including the storm water management system; water distribution system; wastewater collection system; and identified and resolved all utility conflicts. As part of the design development services which included the planning for the site layout, engineering analysis and design, and preliminary specifications, ADA also prepared the permit application packages for the project, including a conceptual drainage permit and master plan that included the science and art museums as well as Museum Drive. ADA also provided design and permitting for the natural salt water intake pipes from the bay to the aquarium.
The designed water distribution system included 12″ DIP water main along the Museum Drive, fire hydrants, fire services with double detector check valve assembly and water services with pressure zone backflow preventer. The proposed gravity sanitary sewer system was designed along the Museum Drive and included 10″ and 12″ C-900 piping and manholes. The science museum and art museum will be connected to the main gravity sewer system with proposed laterals.
Frost Science Museum opened early May 2017 and is expected to attain a LEED Gold rating.