The Frost Museum of Science spent exactly 24 hours, 48 minutes, and 58 seconds to pour what may be the craziest fish tank in existence at its future Museum Park home. More than halfway through construction, on December 12th workers added the museum's piece de resistance, a giant, suspended shark tank called the Gulf Stream Tank that will have a 30-foot glass oculus at the bottom and will be suspended over a museum gallery/event space.
According to the museum: "the laborious groundwork included the installation of over 370 tons of epoxy coated steel reinforcement intertwined by a web of 57 pipes containing over 700 high strength post tensioning cables that generate over 14,000 tons of compression force into the concrete to prevent cracking once poured." It also has no sharp edges, maximizing cruising area for sharks and the plethora of other sea life that will occupy it, and will hold 4 million pounds of sea water when full.
· Let It Pour: Gulf Stream Tank Concrete Pour [Frost]
· Frost Museum of Science coverage [Curbed Miami]