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Hagen Ranch Road Branch Library

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Municipal Division

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The swelling town of West Delray Beach, Fla., had outgrown its existing library, so Palm Beach County sought to create a unique, affordable new building that would serve as a focal point for the community.

The resulting design is an amalgam of geometric angles: The rear elevation of the building (which fronts the main access road) features 118 linear feet of panels leaning outward at a 30-degree angle, supported by tilt-panel-and-steel buttresses with a glass infill. The slanted Tilt-Up wall continues over a low roof also created with spandrel panels and supported by a complex steel frame system. This slanted panel is met with a tapered vertical side spandrel to complete a hexagonal-shaped roof area that provides an atrium-like space inside the library. The front elevation mimics the slanting panels of the roofline with a smaller cast-in-place walkway crowned by a 20-degree slanted Tilt-Up canopy. To add further geometric drama, reveal lines were given a minimalist treatment, and feature elements were painted a deep orange to contrast with the neutral colors of the rest of the building.

Featuring state-of-the-art media technology, open reading rooms, community conference areas, and expanded media and paper library, the building has quickly become a favorite gathering place for the community of West Delray Beach.


Project Specifics

Total Panels (Single Building)
75 panels
Project Wall Area
26,000 sq ft
(2,415 sq m)
Project Floor Area
34,000 sq ft
(3,159 sq m)
Project Footprint
34,000 sq ft
(3,159 sq m)
Tallest Panel
31 ft 0 in
(9.45 m)
Widest Panel
40 ft 3 in
(12.27 m)
Largest Panel
1,200 sq ft
(111.5 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
120,000 lbs
(54,431 kg)
Longest Spandrel Panel
48 ft 8 in
(14.83 m)

Participating TCA Members

Johnson Structural Group Inc
Consulting engineer
Textured Coatings of America Inc

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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