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Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute

2015 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Office Division

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The Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute is a new sate of the art medical facility that provides the services of 15 Board Certified physicians who are trained and specialized in different areas of expertise.

Involvement in this project started early in the design stage with collaboration of the architectural and structural firms, and it was decided that tilt-up would be the method of choice due to it's architectural flexibility. Tilt-up provided for the ability to convert many cast in place elements, enabling the facility to be completed on the aggressive schedule and allowing the owners to occupy the facility early. The project was initially designed with CMU, cast in place concrete, and structural steel composite infill.

Several unique features included a 58-feet wide by 48-feet tall radiussed panel that incorporated several different thicknesses and integral returns to accommodate high load floor steel bearing for MRI machines, as well as differing recess depths on the outside to create the desired architectural dimensioning.

On the opposite side of the building, another softer radius panel was utilized full height with differing thicknesses and recesses outward. The panel was cast "upside down" in order to accommodate all the detailing in one panel. The same end of the building featured a covered parking area where the second floor extended over top and bearing on large spandrel panels supported by adjacent panels perpendicularly that incorporated integrally cast columns with notches that would provide final support.

The tilt-up incorporated several reveal patterns carefully located and placed that help provide for the look of class "A" architectural precast with a very light sand textured finish.

Another feature included a drive through porte-cachere created with tilt-up spandrel panels where the roof above provided for an outdoor balcony that is tiled for lounging with a continuous glass rail.

Located opposite the porte-cachere is an open air covered garden entry created by one legged angular panels on either side and closed up with another spandrel panel, where the second floor above is an enclosed finished office.

Two monument signs, a chiller yard and dumpsters also utilized tilt-up components.

Project Specifics

Project Wall Area
35,000 sq ft
(3,252 sq m)
Project Floor Area
39,300 sq ft
(3,651 sq m)
Project Footprint
18,000 sq ft
(1,672 sq m)
Tallest Panel
46 ft 3 in
(14.10 m)
Widest Panel
58 ft 0 in
(17.68 m)
Largest Panel
1,424 sq ft
(132.3 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
198,000 lbs
(89,811 kg)
Tallest Cantilever Panel
27 ft 4 in
(8.33 m)
Longest Spandrel Panel
35 ft 6 in
(10.82 m)

Participating TCA Members

Dayton Superior CorporationSustaining Member icon
Form release
Meadow BurkeSustaining Member icon
Lifting hardware
HD Supply Construction & Industrial White Cap
Woodland Tilt-UpSustaining Member iconSustaining 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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