Hill International has secured a contract to provide project management services for the $275m Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science in Miami, Florida, US.
The three-year contract has an estimated value of about $3m.
Designed by Grimshaw Architects, the 250,000ft² museum is currently under construction on a four-acre area within Miami’s 28-acre Museum Park.
The museum is expected to be completed in 2015 and will feature a full-dome planetarium.
It will be structured around a landscaped indoor and outdoor living core of terrestrial and aquatic spaces, featuring a 600,000 gallon aquarium facility, interactive exhibits, innovative technology and two additional wings of exhibition space, a learning centre and cafes.
The aquarium can be accessed from all levels of the building, including the mezzanine level, which will be used for private functions and public gatherings.
Grimshaw Architects said the museum building is intended to act as a demonstration of ecological and sustainability principles by harnessing energy from water, sun, wind and even museum visitors to power exhibits and conserve resources.
A vegetated roof will be accompanied by a wetland adjacent to the building to control storm water runoff and improve site biodiversity.
Commenting on the contract, Hill International project management group senior vice president and southeast regional manager Stuart Richter said, "We look forward to helping the Museum successfully manage construction of their new world-class facility."
Image: The museum broke ground in Miami during February of 2012. Photo: Courtesy of Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science.