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Awards | TCA Tilt-Up Achievement

Palm Springs Middle School

2008 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Educational Division

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Plans for the Palm Springs Middle School called for an art deco look. To allow for the desired architecture, the owner selected Tilt-Up for the 228,223-square-foot project because of the cost-effective speed of construction and the versatile fabricated Styrofoam formliners.

Tilt-Up panels had to be constructed at an active school site, which required minimum interference with students, faculty and staff. Cast-in-place lettering was recessed in the Tilt-Up panels for the school name and other designated areas. With a rigorous schedule during the hot months of summer, crews were able to complete the project for the start of the school year.

The 1,300-student-capacity facility features geometric forms as well as grid-lined and sunburst-marked glass. The color-scheme for the school features earth tones such as coral, light beige and terra cotta. A Tilt-Up panel creates a grand three-tiered 53-foot tower entrance, which is not attached with adjacent panels. Furthermore, an expansive use of glass was used to create an atrium with two-and-half-story columns.

Project Specifics

Project Wall Area
147,823 sq ft
(13,733 sq m)
Project Floor Area
228,223 sq ft
(21,202 sq m)
Project Footprint
151,515 sq ft
(14,076 sq m)
Tallest Panel
40 ft 5 in
(12.32 m)
Widest Panel
38 ft 6 in
(11.75 m)
Largest Panel
1,062 sq ft
(98.7 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
172,270 lbs
(78,140 kg)

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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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