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TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Educational Division

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The Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at Florida Atlantic constructed a new classroom and office building that houses 14 classrooms, conference rooms, office space and a movie theater complex. It is anchored by a three-story atrium that is designed as a "main street" for the building.

With the project built adjacent to an existing operational structure on one side, existing operational roadways on two other sides, and limited space for staging on the other side, the space for construction was tight. The slab-on-grade provided very little available space for casting panels, which required casting panels outside the building's footprint. With the limited space available, the scheduling and sequencing became critical in order to meet the aggressive shell completion dates.

Tilt-Up roof panel sections were used for the theater roof structure in order to meet the stringent sound and acoustical value upgrades. The full theater area is enclosed with solid Tilt-Up. This project shows the versatile uses for Tilt-Up including enhanced architectural appointments through reveals, recesses and roof structure flat panels, providing enhanced sound containment capabilities and lightweight structural composite panels for the rooftop equipment structure.


Project Specifics

Total Panels (Single Building)
133 panels
Project Wall Area
68,260 sq ft
(6,341 sq m)
Project Floor Area
77,815 sq ft
(7,229 sq m)
Project Footprint
33,505 sq ft
(3,113 sq m)
Tallest Panel
57 ft 11 in
(17.65 m)
Widest Panel
40 ft 11 in
(12.47 m)
Largest Panel
1,213 sq ft
(112.7 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
106,000 lbs
(48,081 kg)
Tallest Cantilever Panel
27 ft 11 in
(8.51 m)

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Woodland Tilt-UpSustaining Member iconSustaining Member icon
Tilt-Up contractor
Meadow BurkeSustaining Member icon
Lifting hardware
HD Supply Construction & Industrial White Cap
SpecChem, LLC
Textured Coatings of America Inc
Applied coatings
Permit Engineering Services Inc
Project engineer
LJB Inc.Sustaining Member icon
Project engineer

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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