JACKSONVILLE, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Museum of Science and History (MOSH) today announced the selection of Balfour Beatty and Stellar as a joint venture to lead the construction management of the MOSH Genesis project.
Balfour Beatty and Stellar will oversee all vertical construction of the $85 million project, which will bring a new museum to the Shipyards East area on the North Shore of downtown Jacksonville. Plans for the new museum include 130,000 square feet for exhibits, programs and events as well as new and improved space for the planetarium.
Balfour Beatty has successfully completed several museum projects, including the Perot Museum of Nature & Science and the Perot Family Turtle Creek Legacy Hall Museum in Dallas, Texas; the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Virginia; and the expansion of the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, North Carolina. Additionally, the company has experience leading complex new construction projects in northeast Florida, such as the Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center; the Jacksonville International Airport terminal expansion project; and the new Jacksonville University Basketball Performance Center.
Stellar, a Jacksonville-based design-build company, has over 35 years of experience in design, engineering, construction and mechanical services. The company brings to the joint venture its experience with local and national recreational facilities; past projects include Hale Koa Ilima Pool Renovation, Shades of Green at Disney World Renovation, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, and Jacksonville Bestbet Gaming Center.
“Our Genesis Board of Directors and Oversight Committee have been extremely impressed with the depth of Balfour Beatty and Stellar’s experience in Northeast Florida. After reviewing proposals from numerous teams as part of of our competitive process, we were particularly interested in the complementary nature of Balfour Beatty’s national experience and Stellar’s local roots,” said Bruce Fafard, President and CEO of MOSH. “Their combined approach demonstrated a holistic understanding of our visitor experience plan, both within our building and throughout the Sports and Entertainment District.”
The DIA Board of Directors gave unanimous approval to the MOSH to proceed with the land disposition process for a four-acre parcel at East Shipyards at its January 19 meeting. The new Museum building will be constructed on a 2.5 acre section of this property. Estimating and budgeting will begin in February 2022, with construction beginning in 2023 after all necessary site approvals by the DIA and City Council.
“Jacksonville is a vibrant city and MOSH is an established leader within its cultural community,” said Dave Campbell, Balfour Beatty Project Director. “We are honored to have the opportunity to partner with MOSH on this iconic development and have the unique opportunity to shape the future of downtown.”
“MOSH is a community pillar that has inspired dozens of designers, engineers and innovators in our region,” said Richard Lovelace, Senior Vice President, Commercial at Stellar. “Through our participation in this joint venture with Balfour Beatty, we hope to create a building where the next generation of creative thinkers can find inspiration to become pioneers and leaders.”
MOSH has operated at its current location on the South Shore of downtown Jacksonville since 1969. Museum operations have exceeded the 77,000 square foot facility; building a new museum will greatly increase the organization’s ability to serve more students and visitors. Early projections estimate that by building a new facility at Jacksonville Shipyards, MOSH will be able to accommodate 58,000 students (a 50% increase from pre-pandemic numbers) and 469,000 visitors (a 168% increase ) every year.
For more information about the MOSH Genesis vision, or to support the campaign through a contribution, visit moshgenesis.com or email [email protected]
The Museum of Science and History (MOSH) is located at 1025 Museum Circle near Friendship Park. MOSH, first established in 1941, inspires the joy of lifelong learning by bringing science and regional history to life. Admission is $15.95 for adults; $12.95 for youth, students, serving and retired military, and seniors. There is no admission charge for children two and under or Museum members. Learn more about themosh.org.
Funding for the museum is provided in part by the City of Jacksonville and the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Inc.; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council of Arts and Culture; and the National Endowment for the Arts; Historic Museums Grant Program assistance provided by the Bureau of Historic Museums, Division of Historic Resources, Florida Department of State, Secretary of State.
About Balfour Beatty:
Balfour Beatty is a leading provider of general contracting, construction-at-risk and design-build services to public and private sector clients across the United States. Carrying out heavy civil and vertical construction work, the company is part of Balfour Beatty plc (LSE: BBY), a leading international infrastructure group that provides innovative and efficient infrastructure that underpins our daily lives, supports communities and promote economic growth. Balfour Beatty is rated one of the top national construction contractors in the United States by News-Record Engineering. To learn more, visit www.balfourbeattyus.com.
Stellar is a fully integrated design, engineering, construction and mechanical services company that provides the most comprehensive range of self-executed services in the industry, including planning, design, pre-construction, construction, refrigeration, mechanical and utilities, building envelope and overall operations. and maintenance services. More than 800 Stellar employees around the world create award-winning food processing plants, cold stores, distribution centers, commercial buildings and military installations. In addition to its headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida, Stellar operates nearly 50 locations and support offices in the United States, China, and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The company also serves Central and South America, Europe and India. For more information, visit stellar.net.