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Miami Children's Museum

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Special Projects Division

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The Miami Children’s Museum features several distinctive architectural details, the most prominent of which are the “wave panels” down the central corridor that create a dramatic 40-foot clear height. Because the panels featured randomly placed holes of different sizes, a life-size drawing of these random radii was plotted to assist layout.

The building also features perimeter panels with stepped angles, which were colored in varying shades for emphasis. The entry features large cantilevered panels hanging over a glass cone.

Because of the limited space available to cast the many panels needed, the contractor relied on casting beds and phased the erection of the panels. The building was tied together with a precast joint system and CIP, which involved a complex coordination of connections.

Judges selected this project for the playfulness and complexity of the Tilt-Up panels.


Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
56,500 sq ft
(5,249 sq m)
Tallest Panel
57 ft 11 in
(17.65 m)
Largest Panel
1,530 sq ft
(142.1 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
168,400 lbs
(76,385 kg)

Participating TCA Members

Johnson Structural Group Inc
Structural engineer
Nox-Crete Products GroupSustaining Member icon
Bond breaker
Meadow BurkeSustaining Member icon
Lifting hardware
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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