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State School V-1

2009 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Educational Division

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The State School V-1, a prototype school in Hialeah Gardens, Fla., built to accommodate the needs of the growing Miami-Dade County Public School District, features a unique design concept—the structure is meant to look like a Lego set that was not completely put together.

To achieve this vision, while adhering to a quick-turnaround construction schedule, the Miami-Dade School Board opted to execute the design via Tilt-Up rather than the more time-consuming alternative. The switch to Tilt-Up enabled all trades to work at the same time, resulting in a timeline of less than 12 months from ground-breaking to move-in. To make the schedule even more efficient, the panels for a two-story walkway were converted to Tilt-Up from cast-in-place using lid panels. The walkway panels have slopes that drain from the lid panels into a cast gutter. This gutter matches pipes cast into the vertical Tilt-Up panels so water can drain down the legs.

Bright color hues of white, yellow, blue, red and gray support the Lego concept and also lend a modern art deco look that complements the region’s famed architecture. All panels are 100-percent exposed concrete, so film-faced plywood was used to cast the 3-foot recesses for limited sacking and patching.

Project Specifics

Project Wall Area
143,606 sq ft
(13,341 sq m)
Project Floor Area
147,854 sq ft
(13,736 sq m)
Project Footprint
92,738 sq ft
(8,615 sq m)
Tallest Panel
35 ft 3 in
(10.74 m)
Widest Panel
34 ft 6 in
(10.52 m)
Largest Panel
1,062 sq ft
(98.7 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
85,270 lbs
(38,678 kg)

Participating TCA Members

Woodland Tilt-UpSustaining Member iconSustaining Member icon
Tilt-Up contractor
Permit Engineering Services Inc
Structural engineer
Meadow BurkeSustaining Member icon
Lifting hardware, Braces
Nox-Crete Products GroupSustaining Member icon
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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