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USF Crosley Campus Center

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Educational Division

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Originally conceived as a block project, the owner decided to convert the project to Tilt-Up because of the economy, speed of construction as well as the flexibility in design and architecture that the Tilt-Up method provides.

The facility has several unique elements that create a visually appealing structure. Architectural features such as complex curved panels were used to create a dramatic rotunda entry. In order to complete this, the Tilt-Up subcontractor worked closely with the design team and was able to carefully cast the panels on-site in curved casting beds. In addition to challenging architectural features, the project also had an aggressive schedule and a restricted site. To remedy these challenges, casting slabs were reused and multiple panel erections were performed.

The site is located along a wooded waterfront area that was home to several precious natural resources and endangered species. Team members were asked to work around at least a dozen pine trees that were located in the center of the construction site, as well as several gopher turtles that officials had to carefully remove and relocate to a nearby site.

To complement the existing facilities on the campus, the building features a Mediterranean color scheme and incorporates a variety of building heights, towers, reveals, recesses and other architectural details such as complex curved panels, radius tops, covered walkways and clay tiled rooftops.

The 100,000-square-foot state-of-the-art academic facility will house 24 classrooms, a 190-seat lecture/exhibition hall, seminar and video-conferencing rooms, computer labs, a childcare center, student gathering places, faculty and staff offices, a technology and learning center, dining facilities, as well as training facilities for the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management. The Campus Center will offer approximately 800 courses annually to students in 39 academic programs.


Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
103,500 sq ft
(9,615 sq m)
Tallest Panel
46 ft 6 in
(14.18 m)
Largest Panel
1,090 sq ft
(101.3 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
119,000 lbs
(53,977 kg)

Participating TCA Members

Dayton Superior CorporationSustaining Member icon
Lifting hardware
Meadow BurkeSustaining Member icon
Lifting hardware, Braces
Scott System, Inc.
Cast-in materials

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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