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Awards | TCA Tilt-Up Achievement

NSU - New Residence Hall

2008 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Housing Division

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The construction of a 178,806-square-foot dormitory building on the campus of Nova Southeastern University presented an out-of-the-ordinary challenge for Tilt-Up contractor Florida Tilt: The construction site was home to burrowing owls, which had to be kept safe in accordance with Florida Wildlife guidelines.

To work around this, Florida Tilt started construction on the end point of the building and then moved back to the start point to erect the panels once the owls had left their nests. Even though the construction team encountered this schedule delay, they still had to be ready for the filigree floor systems at the original start point and schedule.

Despite this setback and others (including a tight site and a hurricane warning that delayed construction for three days), the contractor was still able to stick to a 130-day construction schedule that would ensure the building was open in time for classes in the fall of 2007.

The building features many panel depressions and reveals. To provide visual relief for the large structure, the building has very a unique footprint and elevation. To complement existing facilities on the campus, the facility features earth tones of tan and coral. The five-story building has unique window and door openings to create visual appeal for the structure.

Project Specifics

Project Wall Area
36,983 sq ft
(3,436 sq m)
Project Floor Area
178,806 sq ft
(16,611 sq m)
Project Footprint
39,827 sq ft
(3,700 sq m)
Tallest Panel
67 ft 3 in
(20.50 m)
Widest Panel
31 ft 1 in
(9.49 m)
Largest Panel
1,083 sq ft
(100.6 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
91,930 lbs
(41,699 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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