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FAU Lifelong Learning Center

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Educational Division

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A longtime supporter of Tilt-Up construction (the method has been used to construct several other structures on campus, including a student housing facility), Florida Atlantic University had no doubts about turning to Tilt-Up again for its Lifelong Learning Center.

To create a friendly, welcoming environment for the center’s older students, Woodland Construction incorporated design features such as an open-air entry and covered walkways surrounding a courtyard, as well as distinctive architectural elements such as varying reveal lines that delineate color changes on the building’s façade.

Composed of two classroom wings adjacent to an auditorium, the structure is joined by two identical Tilt-Up towers at the entry to each wing. Because construction occurred while classes were still in session in other buildings, Woodland had limited access to the site. In addition, the sloped floor of the auditorium necessitated the use of casting beds to form most of the project’s panels.

The Lifelong Learning Center provides a space for non-credit, university-level classes for adults in the community.

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Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
33,700 sq ft
(3,131 sq m)
Tallest Panel
35 ft 1 in
(10.69 m)
Largest Panel
885 sq ft
(82.2 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
98,320 lbs
(44,597 kg)

Participating TCA Members

Woodland Tilt-UpSustaining Member iconSustaining Member icon
Tilt-Up contractor
Permit Engineering Services Inc
Tilt-Up panel engineer
Meadow BurkeSustaining Member icon
Lifting hardware, Braces
Textured Coatings of America Inc
Paint
Nox-Crete Products GroupSustaining Member icon
Bond breaker, Form release

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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