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FAU Innovation Village Apartments

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Housing Division

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Florida Atlantic University embarked on a $121 million project on the Boca Raton campus to create excitement at the campus. Phase I of the project included an alumni center and student recreation/fitness center. Phase II creates a student residential complex with two apartment buildings to house 1,216 beds for students.

The Tilt-Up option provided the owner with a crisp and clean product that afforded the design team architectural flexibility, as well as speed. The architect and engineer were able to modernize the design by introducing varying panel thicknesses which helped create dimensional depth and style to the building's elevations.

The panels with the large window openings, which are the exterior walls of the apartment's living rooms, are 16 inches thick, and the panels adjacent are 8 inches thick, with the variance providing the stepped effect on the exterior. The additional thickness of the living room panels allowed for one piece full height panels. The 8-inch panels went up in two sections, with the horizontal joint occurring just above the fifth floor.

The project's foundations started in late March 2010, and all panels for both buildings were erected complete by the first week of October 2010.


Project Specifics

Total Panels (Single Building)
487 panels
Project Wall Area
255,869 sq ft
(23,770 sq m)
Project Floor Area
537,854 sq ft
(49,967 sq m)
Project Footprint
71,873 sq ft
(6,677 sq m)
Tallest Panel
88 ft 9 in
(27.05 m)
Widest Panel
36 ft 11 in
(11.25 m)
Largest Panel
1,328 sq ft
(123.4 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
168,000 lbs
(76,204 kg)
Tallest Cantilever Panel
84 ft 6 in
(25.76 m)
Longest Spandrel Panel
27 ft 9 in
(8.46 m)
Recycled Content
278 tons (US)

Participating TCA Members

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Tilt-Up contractor
Johnson Structural Group Inc
Meadow BurkeSustaining Member icon
Lifting hardware
SpecChem, LLC
Tincher's Welding LLC
Structural steel fabricator

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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