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Project Top Out: Mote Science Education Aquarium (SEA)

RSI is providing a turnkey concrete package for the new Mote SEA project in Sarasota. RSI recently topped out the project and has a few remaining items of work to complete.

The new 110,000 square foot, $130 million facility is built on 12 acres in Nathan Benderson Park, near the Sarasota and Manatee County line and adjacent to the University Town Center mall. 

With an anticipated opening date in Winter 2024, the new facility will be the public-facing portion of Mote and will provide a convenient and easily accessible venue for the public. Mote SEA will also benefit more than 65,000 children from Sarasota and Manatee counties with interactive state-of-the-art STEM teaching labs and free educational programming.

The new structure contains multiple aquatic tanks including a huge Gulf of Mexico tank, a large manatee tank, an otter tank, and other smaller tanks.  The finished facility will also have a food court, gift shop, and other amenities.

The concrete portion of the project contains 13,000 cubic yards of concrete and 2,100 tons of rebar.

RSI is working with the general contractors, Willis Smith Construction/Whiting-Turner JV and enjoys being a part of this exciting, landmark project.