National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Dubuque, Iowa

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

IIW served on the design dream team to create the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. The complex facility, led by Esherick Homsey Dodge and Davis of San Francisco, California, included the design of a variety of intricate exhibits and five integral concrete aquaria totaling 30,000 gallons.

IIW helped provide the design expertise on major exhibits ranging form a wetland re-creation, an authentic turning paddle wheel, a boatyard with a boat launch demonstration, as well as the dockside facilities for a historic river vessel.

In addition to the exhibit experiences, IIW worked behind the scenes on the site’s wells for a geothermal system that also serves as the freshwater source for the wetlands life support system.

IIW led the traffic and parking enhancements for this national attraction that celebrates the past, present and future of America’s waterways.

This complex museum structure consists of a concrete mat slab foundation; cast-in-place concrete beams with, precast hollow core plank, and heavy timber superstructure with masonry shear walls. The unique foundation system was based on excavating a basement and replacing the weight of the soil with the weight of the building.

IIW provided design survey as well as civil and structural engineering services for the primary facility. During construction, the IIW team provided the critical testing and inspection needed for this intricately unique project.


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