Moody Gardens is an educational destination utilizing nature in the advancement of rehabilitation, conservation, recreation, and research. It’s one of the area’s favorite attractions.
The ten story Rainforest Pyramid completed in 1993 is an important part of the gardens. It is home to more than 1,000 species of exotic plants from Africa, Asia, and the Americas. It is one of the most complete reproductions of an actual rainforest. The pyramid is undergoing a $25 million dollar enhancement.
The exterior cladding of the building moves a great deal. Keeping the interior of the pyramid water tight has always been a challenge. Working with the owners and Morris Architects, Western Specialty Contractors replaced the old sealants with Dow’s 795 Silicone Sealant and preformed 123 silicone strips.
Accessing the work area was difficult because of the sloped glass. A combination of scaffolds, manlifts, and swing stages were utilized.
Despite the tough conditions, Western was able to complete the project safely, on time and within budget.