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South Hialeah K-8 School

2008 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Educational Division

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An increased student-enrollment rate at the Miami-Dade School District led to the 107,984-square-foot expansion of South Hialeah K-8 School. The expansion was built on a small site, which had to maintain the aesthetically pleasing Mediterranean architectural look of the existing school. Furthermore, the site was surrounded by main thoroughfares.

Woodland Construction used Tilt-Up to remain under budget and adhere to a strict timeline, while offering “green” solutions. To ensure green standards, the primary material used was concrete, which will allow for low-maintenance for years to come. The concrete scope of the project included cast-in-place columns, lids, eyebrows, canopies and decks.

Because the project took place during the school year, most of the construction had to be coordinated after school hours to ensure little disruption and maximum safety. With these limitations, the expansion had to be completed in sequences. Tilt-Up panels were constructed after school hours. The shell was erected in two phases, four months ahead of schedule.

The versatility of formliners and EIFS system proved to be resourceful in providing a wood-finished look, which is uncommon in South Florida. They were installed for the project to create the Mediterranean look the owners desired in a cost-effective manner. The use of a terra cotta color-scheme blended with the existing school and gives the appearance the new facility has always been there. The new facility provides an atmosphere that meets green standards and promotes learning for all students.

In addition to housing 1,200 students, the South Hialeah K-8 School offers a community school, which features programs for both students and adults. Located two blocks from the Town Hall, the facility will also provide the community with a hurricane shelter.

The Tilt-Up method has proven high performance rating during a hurricane to safeguard the community from inclement weather.

Project Specifics

Project Wall Area
59,518 sq ft
(5,529 sq m)
Project Floor Area
107,984 sq ft
(10,032 sq m)
Project Footprint
37,250 sq ft
(3,461 sq m)
Tallest Panel
60 ft 3 in
(18.36 m)
Widest Panel
47 ft 11 in
(14.61 m)
Largest Panel
1,535 sq ft
(142.6 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
147,100 lbs
(66,723 kg)

Participating TCA Members

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Tilt-Up contractor
Permit Engineering Services Inc
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Meadow BurkeSustaining Member icon
Lifting hardware
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Bond breaker
Textured Coatings of America Inc

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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