The has been nominated as one of the Top 100 Buildings in the “Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places.” competition.
The Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Florida) is an association of architects with a mission to unite, educate and position architects to lead the shaping of Florida’s future.
As part of its 100-year anniversary, AIA Florida plans on showcasing great buildings in a statewide public survey designed to rank the Top 100 Buildings. Members of the public from across the state will be asked to rank their favorite sites.
MOSI has been nominated due to its unique campus, which sits on 74 acres and encompasses more than 400,000 square feet. The campus includes multiple buildings all constructed to integrate with each other.
The original science center was built in 1980 and is now known as the Whitney Andrews Lang Center for Learning and home to the MOSI Partnership School.
In 1995, MOSI’s new building was constructed, and guests now know it as the home for all of MOSI’s exhibit galleries and the first IMAX Dome Theatre in Florida.
MOSI built the BioWorks Butterfly Garden in 1996, which is an engineered ecosystem and houses a free-flying butterfly garden.
The Dr. Gladys Shafran Kashdin Welcome Center was constructed in 2002 and is home to The Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS). This particular building features the latest hurricane construction techniques and hurricane resistance glass.
In 2005, the museum added Kids In Charge!, a children’s science center, to the west of the IMAX Dome Theatre, and today it is the largest children’s science center in the nation.
“MOSI is very humbled to have received this nomination, and to be ranked among the top is truly an honor,” said Wit Ostrenko, president of MOSI. “We hope the Tampa Bay area and all of our MOSI friends and family will participate in the voting process and help us reach the top. Please vote early and vote often for MOSI!”
Click here to vote for MOSI. Voting will end on March 31.