Shell museum project pushing forward
The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum recently provided an update on its renovation project, showcasing a picture looking out from the new second floor – with its opened-up vaulted ceiling – to what will be the two-story glass atrium. It also highlighted a shot of the the columns that will form the bases of the new aquariums. Officials reported that aquariums full of water (and mollusks) weigh a lot. (A gallon of water weighs 8.34 pounds.) This means that the aquariums will need a lot of support. In addition to the columns, the concrete floor underneath has been super-reinforced for added support. A chilled-water loop will run to each aquarium to keep the animals at just the right temperature, which required the addition of electrical service. The museum is scheduled to reopen in a limited capacity, while the aquariums are set to open in early 2020. The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum is at 3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel.