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Awards | TCA Tilt-Up Achievement

The Harbor Shops

2006 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Retail Division

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Originally designed as a masonry facility, this project underwent a major redesign in its early phases to make it adaptable to Tilt-Up, which required the construction team to work together to value engineer the project.

Comprised of five buildings that were erected simultaneously, the construction process was coordinated extensively to ensure that all of the trades were in order and that the project was running smoothly.

The facility was constructed on a site with poor swampy soil, which necessitated the construction of a special slab. After drilling piles, the contractor placed the building pad sub-base and then installed a geo-grid foundation system support below the bottom depth of the grade beam and foundation elevations. The fiber mesh system utilized polypropylene fibers rather than a welded wire fabric to provide the additional structural support to the systems.

Incorporating a Key West look, the facility features a variety of building heights, towers and reveals. Bevel reveals, overlapped panels framing blocks of color to offset the panels, sun shades and a second-story balcony all add architectural appeal to the retail center. Designed for flexibility, knock-out panels were used so future building and storefronts could be created. Viewed as a success by the community, this project was part of a redevelopment/revitalization effort for this area of Fort Lauderdale.

Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
135,350 sq ft
(12,574 sq m)
Tallest Panel
46 ft 0 in
(14.02 m)
Largest Panel
952 sq ft
(88.4 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
91,000 lbs
(41,277 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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