The Gulf Stream Tank – Water and Concrete

How impressive is the Gulf Stream Tank at our new Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science (even before it’s finished)? Let us count the ways.

  • 5 million
    Pounds of concrete needed to form the Living Core building, which houses the Gulf Stream aquarium tank
  • 12 hours
    Amount of time to pour that concrete (over 2 shifts of workers)
  • 130 trucks
    Needed to bring 250 cubic yards of concrete to the site
  • 9.5 miles
    Length of post tensioning cables that are buried within the tank’s concrete walls, to hold the concrete in tension and prevent it from cracking
  • 28 to 56 inches
    Thickness of the tank wall
  • 9,500
    Surface area in square feet of the tank walls
  • 400
    Custom formwork panels that need to be assembled for the structure of the tank
  • 5 to 6 weeks
    Time needed to install the custom formwork, before the steel rebar beams can be placed, to be ready for the concrete pour
  • 500,000
    Gallons of water held in the tank

And once it’s complete:
A seemingly infinite, spectacular array of large and small marine life will call the Gulf Stream Tank home, and showcase the diversity and importance of our waters.

What’s next:
A test pour in the next few weeks to verify the means and methods of the concrete pour, on a full-size mockup slice of the tank, then the official pour by the beginning of August!

Thanks to our concrete team Baker Concrete Construction for these amazing pieces of information!