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Awards | TCA Tilt-Up Achievement

Central West Palm Beach High School

2004 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Educational Division

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The Central West Palm Beach School District, familiar with the benefits of Tilt-Up construction, selected the construction method for the 256,000-square-foot high school, because of its need for cost-effective and durable facilities completed in a short timeframe.

Judges selected this project for the interesting detailing, and the canopies and exterior walk ways that broke down the scale of the project.

This project involved nine buildings clustered together on a tight site. The challenges included staging so many structures in such a tight space while adhering to an unheard of schedule – 18 weeks for shell construction of all nine structures. Each structure has its own unique attributes, five are multi-story, and the auditorium presented special challenges with sloped floors and 50-foot ceilings in the gymnasium.

Although construction began in the summer of 2002, all nine structures were completed in time for the 2003 school year. Tilt-Up allowed the School Board to respond to the growing community and provide an educational venue for approximately 1,200 students.

A variety of cast-in formliners added relief to the large structures. One of the ribbed formliners was used in a diagonal fashion to achieve a herringbone pattern. The formliner work was extensive and complex, requiring great attention to detail.

Further, visual interest was created by casting themed motifs -- about four-feet in diameter -- that correspond with the building’s purpose.

Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
256,000 sq ft
(23,782 sq m)
Tallest Panel
48 ft 7 in
(14.81 m)
Largest Panel
930 sq ft
(86.4 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
81,000 lbs
(36,741 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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