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Catalfumo Construction Headquarters

2008 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Office Division

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Located in the PGA corridor in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., owners wanted a headquarters with dynamic design. The speed and quality of Tilt-Up was used to meet the complex building and design requirements.

With an exquisite three-story central area flanked on the sides by two-story elements, Tilt-Up panels needed large openings to allow for office circulation. The panels had to be braced to the inside and outside of the facility. This created construction congestion and challenges during the panel and floor erection process. To remedy these challenges, the interior three-story panels were brought to the ground as load bearing and wind resisting elements.

Front entry to the 133,143-square-foot headquarters consists of three sets of stacked Tilt-Up panels supported by steel columns that are wrapped with architectural precast to create a faux third-story balcony. The rear balcony, which fronts the main road, has 16-inch thick arched panels that support the second floor balcony. The front and back façades have balconies that are accessible on the second floor and feature elements on the third floor.

Full of vigor, the applied architectural precast elements include precast moldings, keystones, precast railings and precast column wraps. The color-scheme features are creams and beiges with a light mustard yellow accent used on the main feature elements. These are topped with a multi-color red tile roof. Lit up at night, the 60-foot exit stair Tilt-Up panels were used to create tower elements. The entire hipped mansard roof line has intermediate pop-up tower features that create interest on all sides of the building. The roof overhang is accented with dentils.

The interior of the headquarters resembles an “intimate” setting, similar to a smaller office facility.

Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
133,143 sq ft
(12,369 sq m)
Tallest Panel
60 ft 0 in
(18.29 m)
Largest Panel
1,300 sq ft
(120.8 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
130,000 lbs
(58,967 kg)

Participating TCA Members

Johnson Structural Group Inc
Structural engineer
Builders Plus, Inc.Sustaining Member icon
Architect
Meadow BurkeSustaining Member icon
Lifting hardware, Braces
Nox-Crete Products GroupSustaining Member icon
Bond breaker, Form release

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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