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Florida Gulf Coast University Entry Monuments

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Innovative Application/Technology Division

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A 75-foot-tall tilt-up tower provides the focal point for Florida Gulf Coast University's main entrance. Compound miters were used extensively throughout, particularly in the top three slanted wall panels. Panels were stacked, and a total of four lifts of panels and columns were constructed and joined using embed/weld plates as well as rebar splice sleeves. Integral off-white concrete was used as the finished product. Concrete color was matched to the stucco's color on existing academic buildings. The elimination of coatings and sealants minimized the potential for harmful VOCs to run off the surface into the neighboring lakes, aligning with the university's goal to promote sustainability. BIM modeling was used extensively to coordinate the location of embed plate, shape of panels, location of splice sleeve, clash detection and to illustrate the proper erection sequence. Adding to the aesthetic appeal, no connections for stainless-steel embeds and weld plates were visible from the outside for either the tower or sign.


Project Specifics

Total Panels (Single Building)
29 panels
Project Wall Area
2,885 sq ft
(268 sq m)
Project Floor Area
233 sq ft
(22 sq m)
Project Footprint
233 sq ft
(22 sq m)
Tallest Panel
20 ft 6 in
(6.27 m)
Widest Panel
9 ft 3 in
(2.82 m)
Largest Panel
190 sq ft
(17.7 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
13,883 lbs
(6,297 kg)
Tallest Cantilever Panel
0 ft 0 in
(0.00 m)
Longest Spandrel Panel
0 ft 0 in
(0.00 m)

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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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