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PBCC Humanities & Tech

2008 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Educational Division

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A restricted site and accelerated schedule were the major challenges for Tilt-Con Corporation when it constructed a new Humanities and Technology Center for Palm Beach Community College in Boca Raton, one of the largest community colleges in the state of Florida. The efficiency of Tilt-Up proved to be a major boon in meeting a construction deadline that saw the building go from conception to completion in rapid time.

To erect the four-story structure on a tight site, Tilt-Con had to pour the panels in phases and reuse casting slabs multiple times. The restricted site also meant that the structure was braced from the inside, forcing crews to work carefully around the braces when erecting the panels.

The structure also features a cast-in-place exterior staircase, the construction of which required considerable attention to detail on the part of Tilt-Con.

With panels colored brown or beige with textured paint, white stairways and green spandrel- and curtain-glass accents, the building will be used to house state-of-the-art classrooms that incorporate cutting-edge technology into art, architecture and other humanities-based courses.

Project Specifics

Project Wall Area
41,442 sq ft
(3,850 sq m)
Project Floor Area
45,265 sq ft
(4,205 sq m)
Project Footprint
19,508 sq ft
(1,812 sq m)
Tallest Panel
47 ft 0 in
(14.33 m)
Largest Panel
667 sq ft
(62.0 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
87,800 lbs
(39,825 kg)

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About the TCA

Founded in 1986, the Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) strives to improve the quality and acceptance of site-cast Tilt-Up construction, a method in which concrete wall panels are cast on-site and tilted into place. Tilt-Up construction is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States, combining the advantages of reasonable cost with low maintenance, durability, speed of construction and minimal capital investment. At least 10,000 buildings, enclosing more than 650 million square feet, are constructed each year using this construction method.

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