Gulf Stream Tank
Miami, FL • Design
The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science (Miami Science Museum) has undergone a $275 million relocation project to Downtown Miami. The new home for the Museum of Science features state-of-the-art exhibits and optimizes the surrounding environment.
KEC designed the Gulf Stream tank to safely withstand the pressure due to sea water. Aesthetically, the shell-like tank was designed by architects to suspend above a floor and to contain a number of viewports made of acrylic panels for audience to view sea life. While considering the curvature of the shell-like tank, the design of the tank incorporated bonded post-tensioning reinforcement oriented in three directions throughout the tank walls. KEC used SAP 2000 to model the unique geometry and the bonded PT. KEC complied with the aesthetic design of the tank and completed a beautiful yet robust design.