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RCA 12 Parking Garage

2009 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Parking Division

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To match a six-story parking garage to an adjacent three-story office building in the PGA development off I-95 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., the design and construction team started by replicating the office’s covered walkways with arched openings on the garage’s Tilt-Up panels with banding and keystones.

The garage further blends in with its surroundings thanks to a mansard roof accented with red tile. Large panel openings, designed to provide ventilation for the garage, are disguised with an aluminum window frame that creates the illusion of large storefront glass. While most of the structure was built with load-bearing six-story panels, to accommodate the 34-foot opening necessary for the main entrance to the garage, the 66-foot-tall panel there was broken up into three sections, with the upper portion cast an extra 12 inches thick to add an architectural relief element at the entrance.

An expansion joint isolates the office building from the garage to minimize sound, but thanks to careful attention to detail, the two structures are connected aesthetically.

Project Specifics

Project Footprint
97,500 sq ft
(9,058 sq m)
Tallest Panel
72 ft 8 in
(22.15 m)
Largest Panel
1,980 sq ft
(183.9 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
155,000 lbs
(70,307 kg)

Participating TCA Members

Johnson Structural Group Inc
Consulting engineer
Builders Plus, Inc.Sustaining Member icon
Tilt-Up contractor
Meadow BurkeSustaining Member icon
Lifting hardware
Nox-Crete Products GroupSustaining Member icon
Bond breaker

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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