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Aventura Town Plaza

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Retail Division

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The two-story office/retail facility at Aventura Town Plaza was constructed between existing, occupied retail establishments, placing extreme limitations on space. In fact, the actual square footage of the Tilt-Up panels exceeded the overall square footage of the site, requiring the contractor to perform multiple erection mobilizations and reuse casting surfaces up to four times. Because of the location of the retail space in a busy, downtown area, the mobilization of heavy equipment was limited to nighttime or early on Sunday mornings.

The structure includes several architectural effects, such as cast-in, arched recesses of varying depths; visual dimensional offsets created by varying panel thicknesses; and differing panel heights that create a prominent look for the entry and corner towers.

The walkway and center entry, as well as the corner tower features, were originally designed as cast-in-place elements, but were redesigned for Tilt-Up construction due to time constraints and final aesthetics. The curved entry required the use of temporary cast-in leg sections, which were later cut off, to facilitate erection. A porte cachere constructed with 16-inch-thick panel sections was also originally designed as cast-in-place element.

Judges commented that one of the unique aspects of this project was the limitations of the site access, which required extensive coordination and sequencing of the fabrication and erection of the panels. Further, this project clearly stood out because it is an architecturally innovative retail facility.


Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
44,100 sq ft
(4,097 sq m)
Tallest Panel
47 ft 0 in
(14.33 m)
Largest Panel
800 sq ft
(74.3 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
102,000 lbs
(46,266 kg)

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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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