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Awards | TCA Tilt-Up Achievement

Palm Beach Community College

2006 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Educational Division

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This project is comprised of four buildings that house an education and training facility for the campus where students can take classes in trades such as automotive body repair, automotive mechanics, diesel mechanics, carpentry and sheet metal. The owner desired an unfinished interior that could withstand the rigors of everyday use in a working lab environment. To meet the tight schedule and the architect’s design intent, cast-in-place elements were used with Tilt-Up panels and columns.

Exposed concrete elements that emphasize the support of the structure created visual interest. The panels consist of reveals around the windows that enhance the mullion scheme of the windows. A louver formliner also was used on each of the buildings to accent areas that would normally be blank because of the interior function. Panels are painted with a two cream colors and accented with green colored glass. Two shop buildings feature 12-inch-thick panels that provide architectural mass to these buildings. Thick panel columns were also added to the exterior of the buildings to create features and shadows. The other two buildings feature more than 70 spandrels set on both cast-in-place and Tilt-Up concrete columns. The cast-in-place columns required strict attention to finish and alignment to ensure it matched the Tilt-Up columns. A curved wall with inset glass supported by two Tilt-Up columns creates the focal point for the courtyard between the buildings.

Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
145,000 sq ft
(13,471 sq m)
Tallest Panel
43 ft 0 in
(13.11 m)
Largest Panel
940 sq ft
(87.3 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
140,000 lbs
(63,503 kg)

Participating TCA Members

Johnson Structural Group Inc
Tilt-Up specialty engineer
SiteCast Construction CorpSustaining Member icon
Tilt-Up contractor

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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