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Galaxy Elementary School

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Educational Division

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The most unique feature of this school are the main entry tilt-up panels that consists of two 39-feet high tilt-up panels. The first tilt-up panel is 51-feet wide and second tilt-up panel is 40-feet wide. The Architect incorporated into these tilt-up panels 2-feet wide angled legs from the second floor down, form liner and a massive opening from the second floor up.

The panel specialty engineer's biggest challenge was to design the panel's angled legs as structural columns in lieu of standard panel legs. As a result, a considerable amount of additional reinforcement was put into them. In addition, the widest panel (51-feet wide) has a massive 2nd floor opening (39-feet wide by 11-feet high), which presented additional challenges to the specialty engineer as well as the lifting and bracing engineer.

Two other distinctive features are the school's name recessed into the tilt-up panels facing interstate I-95 highway, and the sloped tilt-up panels along I-95 in contrast with flat classroom wings tilt-up panels.

The above mentioned panels became the most recognizable feature of the building and a community symbol.


Project Specifics

Project Wall Area
105,990 sq ft
(9,846 sq m)
Project Floor Area
120,200 sq ft
(11,167 sq m)
Project Footprint
73,400 sq ft
(6,819 sq m)
Tallest Panel
39 ft 1 in
(11.91 m)
Widest Panel
51 ft 4 in
(15.67 m)
Largest Panel
1,234 sq ft
(114.6 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
145,760 lbs
(66,116 kg)
Longest Spandrel Panel
27 ft 0 in
(8.23 m)
Recycled Content
641 tons (US)

Participating TCA Members

Fitzgerald Formliners
Form liner
Meadow BurkeSustaining Member icon
Lifting hardware, Bracing
Nox-Crete Products GroupSustaining Member icon
Form release
HD Supply Construction & Industrial White Cap
Builders Plus, Inc.Sustaining Member icon
Tilt-up contractor

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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