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Potential A look at Port Canaveral’s
by Tammy Schroeder
Photo © Rip Noel, Noel Studios Inc. Photo courtesy Valspar Corp.
WITH ITS SHIMMERING, IRIDESCENT
EXTERIOR, EXPLORATION TOWER
AT FLORIDA’S PORT CANAVERAL
BECKONS VISITORS TO ONE OF THE
WORLD’S BUSIEST CRUISE HUBS
WITH ITS UNIQUE APPEARANCE AS
ITS COLOR CHANGES IN DIFFERENT
LIGHT AND AT DIFFERENT ANGLES.
OPENED IN NOVEMBER 2013, THIS
CENTER SHOWCASES THE FIRST USE
OF A NEW TYPE OF MICA COATING
ON THE BUILDING’S EXTERIOR
An integral part of Florida’s Space Coast and
Canaveral Cove’s revitalization, Exploration
Tower is owned by Canaveral Port Authority.
Its opening coincided with the Port’s 60 th
anniversary of its establishment, and the 500 th
anniversary of Ponce de Leon’s landing on
Florida’s east coast.
Taking its cues from the shapes and hues of
the port, GWWO Inc./Architects designed the
$23-million, seven-story, sail-shaped structure
to express the common characteristics of
“transience, function, and imagery.” (Other
members of the design team included AECOM
[master planning] and Thornton Tomasetti
[structural engineering].) The building’s
southern elevation seems to soar from the
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