MIAMI—The Patricia & Phillip Frost Museum of Science is oneof the largest and most iconic structures now underway in Miami—andSkanska USA just signed a $101 million contract tobuild it. Designed by Grimshaw Architects, themuseum spans 250,000 square feet.

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“Skanska is committed to delivering a museum that will serve asthe capstone of Downtown Miami's cultural hub,” says FredHames, executive vice president and general manager atSkanska USA Building in Florida. “We have assembled an experiencedteam bring to life its complex design and innovative features.”

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When construction is complete in 2016, the museum is projectedto attract more than 600,000 visitors to Downtown Miami each year.The museum is located within the new Museum Park complex, adjacentto the Pérez Art Museum Miami, overlooking Biscayne Bay andPortMiami.

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“We have been working with Skanska for seven months, and we'repleased with the progress,” says Gillian Thomas,the museum's president and CEO. “While we still have work to dowith the building and exhibitions, our new facility is quicklyadvancing in the heart of downtown Miami. We can now begin toenvision our completion and the impact this museum will have on theregion.”

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Patricia & Phillip Frost Museum of Science's highlightsinclude a planetarium, a 500,000-gallon saltwater aquarium, afive-story Innovation Center and café, a sustainable roof with ahydroponic garden, and numerous exhibition galleries. The projectwill pursue LEED Platinum certification. Accredited by the AmericanAlliance of Museums, the museum is an affiliate of the SmithsonianInstitution and a member of the Association of Science andTechnology Centers.

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Skanska is also working on a project in Orlando. A publicprivate partnership between the State of Florida and Skanska isworking on the biggest P3 partnership in the United States. You canread my exclusive interview with Hames here.

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