Guest Post: Shelly Dimitrijevic, Galaxy Gala Co-Chair

Posted on April 14th, 2015

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By: MiaSci

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The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science will host its stellar 13th Annual Galaxy Gala: Aqua Lumiere on Saturday, April 18, at Hilton Miami Downtown. Since its inception, the Galaxy Gala has helped raise funds for and highlight the development of the new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, a world-class, state-of-the-art facility under construction in downtown Miami’s Museum Park. We spoke with this year’s Galaxy Gala co-chair, Shelly Dimitrijevic, about why its important to attend and support the new Museum. To attend the Galaxy Gala, click here and purchase tickets.

My experience as co-chair of this year’s Galaxy Gala has been extremely rewarding. It is a privilege to be part of such a wonderful and dedicated steering committee and to work alongside people like Museum President & CEO Gillian Thomas, whose passion and commitment to the Museum is immeasurable, as well as lead gala coordinator Ruth Robinson, who has always gone above and beyond of what is asked of her to ensure that every minute, every detail of this very important event will be executed to perfection. Thanks to Trish Bell’s ability to bring people together, I have also had the opportunity to get to know my fellow co-chair Jennifer Montoya whose energy and persistence never ceases to amaze me.

This is the final gala before the much-anticipated grand opening of the new Museum in 2016 and it is a great opportunity to build excitement for continued support of the Museum. There are too many exciting elements to narrow it down…lights, water, a GRAMMY nominated performance, interactive art, John Morales who forecasts a beautiful evening, and the list goes on….

Getting involved with the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science is a great way to commit to a shared goal and it is a wonderful way to create new friendships and strengthen existing relationships. Moreover, it strengthens your ties to the community and broadens your support network and that of the Museum. Why wouldn’t people support such an amazing addition to the community?

I hope to see you at the 13th Annual Galaxy Gala! It will be a night we will never forget.

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Galaxy Gala Co-Chairs: Jennifer Montoya & Shelly Dimitrijevic

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Guest Post: Cristina Mas, Big Bang Co-Chair

Posted on April 10th, 2015

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On Saturday, April 18,  the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science will host its 7th Annual Big Bang: H2Glow, serving as the official after party for the 2015 Galaxy Gala. The Big Bang is a high-energy dance party designed for young tastemakers and professionals in South Florida. Serving as the official after-party for the 13th Annual Galaxy Gala, the Big Bang begins at 9 PM with a neon-themed cocktail reception. At 11 PM, the doors open to the main event and Big Bang guests “crash” the gala and enjoy a nightlife-inspired party complete with theatrics, special effects, renowned DJs and open bar. The Big Bang is the Museum’s only major annual fundraiser for young professionals in support of the future Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, opening in downtown Miami in 2016. We touched based with Big Bang co-chair Cristina Mas and asked her what to expect at this year’s party, what she’s most excited about, and why everyone should attend! To attend The Big Bang, click here and purchase tickets. 

Being involved with the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science has been quite the rewarding experience. I have lived in Miami my entire life and going to the science museum is something I loved as a child. I am excited now as an adult to have a bigger part in what’s to come. As co-chair of the this year’s Big Bang, I get to contribute to the future of the museum and that has been great and exciting! We’re so lucky to have an amazing committee and the staff at the Museum has been extremely helpful. Everyone is really excited and constantly giving us feedback to make sure this Big Bang is the best one yet.

This is the last Big Bang before we move into the new Museum so there is a lot of buzz and energy around it. Once the new Museum opens, the Big Bang will be its own event so I think it’s really important we go out with a “bang” (pun intended). People should buy tickets and support this great cause. This is an investment in Miami and having a state-of-the-art science museum will help elevate Miami into an even better city. Internationally acclaimed DJ Blaze Carreras will be providing the tunes as we party for a good cause. I’m most excited about the event’s ‘H2Glow’ theme. If there are glow sticks…I’m in! I mean who wouldn’t want to come?

I hope you can attend and support the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science. The future is indeed here.

Ali Lamadrid, Lena Lowell, & Cristina Mas

Big Bang 2015 Co-Chairs: Ali Lamadrid, Lena Lowell and Cristina Mas

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Ticketing and Reservations system RFP

Posted on March 30th, 2015

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The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science are seeking to identify and select a partner to provide a Ticketing and Reservation system to the new (currently under construction) $275 million Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, located in Museum Park in Miami, Florida. This new highly sustainable facility will include a planetarium, aquarium, both indoor and outdoor flexible space for science exhibits as well as educational facilities.

The Museum is seeking to appoint the most suitable vendor who possesses the experience, skills, and knowledge to develop, install and commission a complete Ticketing and Reservations system. The Museum intends to contract with a single entity and the selected vendor will be required to work with the Museum project team and the Museum’s appointed technology consultants – Visual Acuity.

To obtain a copy of the RFQ, contact Barrie Paveley, Visual Acuity at barrie@visual-acuity.com

Please provide the name of your company, location, main point of contact and contact information with your request for the RFQ.

RFQ requests will be accepted until April 1st, 2015.

All responses are due by 5:00 pm EST on May 1st, 2015.

Patricia and Phillip Frost Gift $10 Million to Planetarium

Posted on March 9th, 2015

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The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science announced today that it has received an additional $10 million gift from Patricia and Phillip Frost to name the new Museum’s state-of-the-art Planetarium. Longtime supporters of South Florida’s arts and culture, Patricia and Phillip Frost had previously gifted a $35 million donation to name the Museum, which was announced in 2011. The Frost’s generous decision to name the Planetarium was made just as the Museum is celebrating the completion of the enclosure of its new fulldome Planetarium, a major construction milestone, readily apparent to all visitors of downtown Miami.

“With this additional generous gift to the Museum’s Planetarium, Patricia and Phillip Frost are making it possible to visit not just the farthest reaches of the universe, but also to explore other environments from the deep oceans to inside the human body. Its educational impact will be immense,” said Trish and Dan Bell, Co-Chairs of the Board of Trustees of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science. “We are extremely grateful for their continued support, allowing the Museum to be a center for learning and innovation for everyone to explore the impact of science and technology on our lives.”

Planetarium Interior at Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science

“We have a strong commitment to excellence in education and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Planetarium will be a destination unique to Miami, propelling visitors on scientific adventures,” said Patricia Frost. “We are honored to be continuing our support of what will be one of the finest science centers in the world.”

Gillian Thomas, President and CEO of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science said, “We are particularly thrilled with the Frost’s new commitment, as the newly named Frost Planetarium will be one of the new Museum’s most iconic components. The educational programs will also provide the opportunity to both investigate optics with laser technology, as well as learn how to develop a planetarium show. At night, the Planetarium’s exterior will feature the latest images of the planets and the earth from space.”

The completion of the dome was a carefully orchestrated project that took almost three weeks to complete under the direction of Skanska USA and Hill International. A few facts about the Planetarium include:

  • 250-seat Planetarium with stadium style seating format
  • 16-million-color 8K projection system
  • There are 54 concrete panels that make up the self-supporting Planetarium dome.
  • The panels were installed opposite one another in a counter-clockwise rotation to avoid lateral load on the dome capstone – the top center portion that anchors all of the panels.
  • The total weight of all pieces exceeds 1.6 million pounds.
  • The diameter of the capstone is about 30 feet.
  • One concrete panel measures approximately 48 feet from base to top, is roughly 9 feet wide at the base and tapers to approximately 3 feet at the top, where the panels meet the capstone.

Located in downtown Miami’s Museum Park, the new Museum is scheduled to open to the public in 2016. The Planetarium enclosure comes as construction of the Museum surpasses the 50 percent completion point.

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Patricia Frost at the Planetarium Construction Site

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Frost Science and CappSci Announce $1 Million Prize Program

Posted on February 19th, 2015

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Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science and CappSci announced today a series of annual prize contests to develop innovative solutions in the health and environmental sectors. Two separate prizes will be offered in 2015: one for the best invention to restore coral reefs and one for the best invention to help people reduce their exposure to carcinogens.

Building on CappSci’s experience with global competitions, the CappSci Inventors program solicits submissions of prototype inventions with local relevance and global significance. Applications will be accepted starting today and are open worldwide. Two winners will each be awarded a $100,000 grant to support a 12-18 month installation at the Musuem, as part of the Museum’s inventors-in-residence initiative. During their residencies, inventors will interact with museum visitors while building out and testing their technologies. Museum visitors will be able to watch the inventor work in their public facing workspace, read interactive daily project logs, and discuss the progress and details of the project with a dedicated intern who will serve as a knowledge liaison between the inventor and the public. CappSci and the Museum will also support inventors with mentorship and growth opportunities. Entry forms and additional details of the prizes are available at www.cappsci.org.

CappSci is a nonprofit applied science company created by engineer and entrepreneur Dr. Ted Caplow and his wife, the former ballerina, Pascale van Kipnis Caplow.CappSci made headlines around the world in 2013 with the $1 million Caplow Children’s Prize, the largest prize in the world to date dedicated to saving the lives of children under five. The Caplows have previously donated $1 million to the Innovation Center at the new Museum.

“The CappSci Inventors program is designed to help stimulate the growth of a world-class technology sector in south Florida while tackling big challenges,” said Ted Caplow, CEO of CappSci. “By using a global prize contest and installing our winners at Frost Science, Miami’s most incredible space for public education, we leverage our investment many fold.”

“CappSci is a generous partner and a unique one to have,” said Gillian Thomas, President and CEO of Frost Science. “This particular program will enable visitors to explore and understand the process of invention, as well as provide these inventors with mentorship and growth opportunities through our new Innovation Center.”

The five-floor Innovation Center at the new Museum will provide an opportunity to collaboratively explore the future city, with project-based classes, maker’s activities, public demonstrations and workshops celebrating innovation and entrepreneurship while displaying the latest global developments.

The prizes were announced this morning at the Museum’s current location as part of its “Innovation & Engineering Weekend.” The announcement was followed by a panel discussion on the importance of competitions, featuring local leaders in science, medicine, and business. The panelists includedRebecca Fishman Lipsey, Member, Florida Board of Education and CEO of Radical Partners, marine biologist Dr. Andrew Baker from University of Miami, medical entrepreneur Dr. Maurice Ferré, and oncologist Dr. Nicholas C. Lambrou.

For more information on “Innovation & Engineering Weekend,” please visit www.miamisci.org/iefrost.

RFQ: People & Science Exhibition

Posted on January 28th, 2015

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The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science is seeking to identify and select a partner to perform conceptual design services for our People & Science exhibition at the new (currently under construction) $275 million Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, to be located in Museum Park in Miami, Florida. This new highly sustainable facility will include a planetarium, aquarium, both indoor and outdoor flexible space for science exhibits as well as educational facilities.

The Museum is seeking a design firm, or consortium of firms, who individually or collectively possess the experience, skills, and knowledge to design the exhibition. The Museum intends to contract with a single entity, and encourages interested parties to assemble teams as needed. The selected design firm will be required to work with the Museum project team and the Museum’s appointed accessibility and exhibition evaluation consultant.

To obtain a copy of the RFQ, contact Trevor Powers, P.E. at tpowers@frostscience.org

Please provide the name of your company, location, main point of contact and contact information with your request for the RFQ.

RFQ requests will be accepted until February 14, 2015.

All responses are due to by 5:00 pm EST on February 24th, 2015.