The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science received an additional $10 million gift from Patricia and Phillip Frost to name the new Museum’s state-of-the-art Planetarium. The Frost’s generous decision to name the Planetarium was made just as the Museum celebrated the completion of the enclosure of its new full dome Planetarium, a major construction milestone, readily apparent to all visitors of downtown Miami.
Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) and its philanthropic organization NextEra Energy Foundation donated $1 million to The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science to support the Innovation Center. In addition, FPL has also given the Museum an in-kind donation of photovoltaic solar panels, valued at $80,000. The panels will be located on the roof’s solar farm, a valuable addition to the Museum’s Sky Garden rooftop, and will generate power for the LEED certified facility.
The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science was awarded an additional $1M gift from Caplow Applied Science (CappSci) to support the Inventor-In-Residence program focused on seeking solutions to sustainability challenges. The innovative, public-facing program will be offered at the new Museum underway in Downtown Miami’s Museum Park. This gift completes the $2 million strategic partnership between CappSci and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science. The gift was divided into two-parts: $1 million capital gift to the museum’s Innovation Center, and a $1 million gift for the Inventor-In-Residence Program.
Crews worked non-stop for 24 hours, 48 minutes and 59 straight seconds, to place over 1,200 cubic yards (120 trucks) of concrete, making up more than 9,000 square feet of tank surface area, filling the walls of the massive cone-shaped Gulf Stream aquarium and marking the Museum’s biggest milestone in construction to date. The new 500,000 gallon aquarium is open to the sun and sky and will serve as the centerpiece of the new Museum. Stepping onto the outdoor top level of the Living Core once the Museum opens in 2016, visitors will encounter the 100-foot open surface of the tank vessel to catch glimpses of marine creatures such as hammerhead sharks and tunas.
The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science is gifted $1 million from Dr. Ted Caplow, CEO of Caplow Applied Science (CappSci), to support the Innovation Center, currently under construction as part of the new museum facility at Museum Park. Dr. Caplow’s gift serves as the first for the Museum’s Innovation Center, the five-floor north building, designed to serve as a destination and inventors’ space for bold ideas and new products. Dr. Caplow, an engineer and entrepreneur who serves on the Museum’s Board of Trustees, also designed the Vertically Integrated Greenhouse (VIG) hydroponics system currently on display in the current Museum’s Sea Lab.
The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science received a $5 million gift from Baptist Health South Florida for educational health and wellness programming to be offered at the Baptist Health People & Science Gallery in the new Museum, under construction in downtown Miami.
The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science received two gifts totaling $7.5 million from the Batchelor Foundation. One gift of $5 million will make possible the construction of the Batchelor Environmental Center at the Biscayne Bay Campus of Florida International University (FIU). The other gift of $2.5 million will support the Feathers to the Stars Gallery at the new Museum, which is currently under construction in downtown Miami.
Miami Science Museum breaks ground on the new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science in Downtown Miami with over 300 people in attendance and the participation of Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, City Mayor Tomas Regalado, Superintendent of Public Schools Alberto Carvahlo, Naming Donors, Patricia and Phillip Frost and Board of Trustee Chairs, Trish and Dan Bell.
Miami Science Museum announces $10 Million commitment by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Knight Foundation’s contribution will be recognized through the naming of the Learning Center, a high-tech meeting space for students and community groups, and a key position within the new museum’s management team, the Director for Education.
Internationally recognized leader in business, science and philanthropy, Dr. Phillip Frost, and his wife Patricia, committed $35 million to the capital campaign for the new Miami Science Museum at Museum Park. Their generous commitment secured the naming rights of the new building, now to be known as the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science.
Following years of planning and widespread anticipation surrounding the transformation of Miami’s Bicentennial Park into a new Museum Park, work crews completed the environmental remediation process to prepare eight acres of land on the Museum Park site for vertical construction of the new Miami Science Museum and Miami Art Museum.
Miami Science Museum and the Miami Art Museum jointly appointed Field Operations to design the shared plaza between the Museums. The Plaza will serve as a centerpiece with lushly planted public gardens that overlook Biscayne Bay and the Park.
Miami Science Museum released final designs for its new home at Museum Park to critical acclaim from media.
Miami-Dade County Commissioners voted in favor of the expansion of the Omni Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) in Miami. This was an extremely important step forward for the Miami Science Museum as it provided the City with a source of funding for Museum Park, including site remediation, capital construction and eventual maintenance.
MiaSci also received the official green light from Miami-Dade County on continuing to the next phase of New Museum design with the release of the next allotment of General Obligation Funding. In this phase, $9.35 million dollars were released to complete schematic design of the building and begin detailed design development.
The City of Miami Commission approved three resolutions that allowed the construction of the Miami Art Museum and Miami Science Museum’s new facilities to begin as part of the Museum Park Miami project.
The City Commission unanimously approved the final lease agreement between the City and the museums, as well as the development and remediation agreement, which provides for the environmental site assessment and corresponding site rehabilitation of Bicentennial Park.
The Miami City Commission unanimously approved the final lease agreement between the City, the Miami Science Museum and the Miami Art Museum, marking a major milestone in the realization of the project. The City Commission also approved the development agreement and the remediation agreement, supporting environmental assessment and rehabilitation of the site. With these approvals, the Museum is able to receive the next stage of funding from the Miami-Dade County Building Better Communities General Obligation Bonds, allowing the project to move forward into detailed design and development.
Miami Science Museum Board of Trustees approved the concept design for the New Museum, allowing the project to proceed to the schematic design phase.
Miami City Commissioners accepted the Community Benefits Agreement developed by the Museum Park Community Benefits Committee with input from the Miami Science Museum and other community participants. The Agreement highlights the broad economic benefits resulting from investments in Museum Park, as well as the value of the educational services being offered to the community.
Following a competitive selection process, the Museum appointed THInc Design, a leading exhibition design firm based in New York City, to work with Grimshaw Architects on the concept design of the New Museum’s aquarium components.
Miami Science Museum Board of Trustees approved a program for the New Museum encompassing 250,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor spaces centered around a “living core” of aquatic and terrestrial exhibits; it includes a permanent and traveling exhibit space, a Learning Center, a Planetarium, an Energy Center, an Entertainment Suite/Studio Theater, a Music and Sound Studio, café and atrium spaces, staff facilities, and back-of-house spaces. 25,000 square feet is allocated for the Historical Museum of South Florida.
The Museum was awarded $738,000 from the Department of Energy to carry out the research, design and planning necessary for integrating renewable energy resources and optimal energy efficiencies into the new Museum building. The project will also develop methods of communicating concepts about energy sources and uses to the general public through an outdoor Energy Playground, for which the City of Miami provided match funding and whose components will ultimately move to the new site.
Miami Science Museum signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County creating the legal framework for the waterfront park and its two museums, the new Miami Science Museum and the new Miami Art Museum. The County then signed the contract to begin the release of funding from the General Obligation Bond.
Following an international search by the Museum’s selection committee and a multi-day public forum, the firm of Grimshaw Architects of London/Melbourne/New York was appointed to design the new Miami Science Museum and the firm of Rodriguez & Quiroga of Miami was appointed to serve as resident Executive Architects.
Voters passed a General Obligation Bond, which included the provision of $175 million to create a new Miami Science Museum.
Voters passed the City of Miami Homeland Defense/Neighborhood Improvement Bond, which included an award to Miami Science Museum in the amount of $3.5 million in seed money for new projects.