A Museum of Science, Environment, and Technology


  • 165,000 sq. ft.
  • Cleveland Clinic OMNIMAX? Theater (six story)
  • Several structural systems were utilized in the construction

The Great Lakes Science Center is one of America’s largest interactive science museums. More than 400 exciting “hands-on” exhibits, OMNIMAX? films, daily demonstrations, and educational programs show visitors the interdependency of science, environment, and technology. Total building area is 165,000 sq. ft. Some of the features include science phenomena exhibits; environmental exhibits; Gund Wintergarden-a dramatic nine-story enclosed atrium; the Cleveland Clinic OMNIMAX? Theater featuring a six-story domed theater. Several structural systems were utilized in the construction of the Center. The structural systems for the top three levels utilized two-way concrete flat-plate, long-span, precast double tees, concrete waffle slabs, and one-way concrete slabs. All were supported on concrete beams and concrete columns. The Center’s roof construction utilized structural steel beams and columns in addition to steel trusses. The OMNIMAX? construction consisted of 3-D space trusses. The lateral structural systems consisted of concrete shear walls and structural steel moment frames. The Center’s concrete columns and basement walls were supported on 16”-diameter, 100-ton augercast end bearing friction piles extending over 100’ to the underlying bedrock.

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