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All Aboard Florida Fort Lauderdale Station

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A Modern Railway for Fort Lauderdale - The downtown Fort Lauderdale station provides a modern gateway into the city and Broward County. The 60,000-square-foot station and platform include parking facilities and a multi-story lobby spanning an elevated passenger lounge. The station features stacked glass boxes that span a city street below. The support structures of concrete V-beams changed from the original design to tilt-up. The tilt-up method created a complex system of panels where some were V-shaped and others were trapezoidal shape. Those required compound angle forming, intricate notching, stepping at horizontal beam sections, and recessed block-out locations that would contain LED lighting projecting upward. The design needed to integrate the tilt-up exterior with cast-in-place elevated floors and roof in a way that worked visually and practically, especially in regards to mitigating and preventing damage from train vibrations. The integration of tilt-up and cast-in-place concrete required massive steel-embedded elements to facilitate the permanent, rigid panel-to-panel and panel-to-cast-in-place connections. In order to maintain the look the architects and owners wanted, the width of the joints between panels and cast-in-place elements were largely concealed to mimic the original design. The design and construction of this state-of-the-art station required extensive creative thinking, planning and careful execution from start to finish.


Project Specifics

Total Panels (Single Building)
82 panels
Project Wall Area
39,218 sq ft
(3,643 sq m)
Project Floor Area
48,288 sq ft
(4,486 sq m)
Project Footprint
24,140 sq ft
(2,243 sq m)
Tallest Panel
43 ft 7 in
(13.28 m)
Widest Panel
70 ft 1 in
(21.36 m)
Largest Panel
1,120 sq ft
(104.0 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
115,500 lbs
(52,390 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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