A cool roof coating and light colored materials used on the building and pathways reduce the heat island effect as well as cooling loads. The exterior is landscaped with native and Florida-friendly vegetation and landscape irrigation is provided through reclaimed water to reduce potable water usage. Permeable pavers help infiltrate stormwater and an underground stormwater filtration system minimizes pollutants that enter into Tampa Bay. All the concrete for the entire project makes use of flyash or ground granulated blast furnace slag as a replacement for Portland cement, along with 97% recycled steel for the rebar.
The end result is a stunningly impressive museum that sets off Dalí’s works in the best light. Viewing the master’s art becomes more of a full body experience for all the senses and more importantly, the artwork is protected to the highest standards. St. Petersburg has received a precious gift in terms of a landmark for both art and architecture lovers.
Images Courtesy of HOK ©Moris Moreno & Michale Rixen