This project required hundreds of hours over a period of six months assisting the general contractor, owner and design team with the budgeting and design of this 60+ foot-tall test hall with attached warehouse and administration building. Because of its known inherent durability, as well as its diverse architectural flexibility, the design/build team felt Tilt-Up construction was the ideal choice for this building. Further, the structure required insulated panels, which were easily incorporated into this structure in a manner that allows for a hard-wall system on both exposed surfaces.
The test hall, which is used for igniting fires and extinguishing them with state-of-the-art fire suppression technology, was constructed of insulated panels consisting of a 12-inch thick structural wythe, 2 inches of polyisocyanurate insulation, and a 3-3/4-inch architectural wythe for a total thickness of 17-3/4 inches.
The panels were erected with 300-ton and 275-ton crawler cranes. The exterior of the tall test hall tower section of the main building has a random vertical reveal pattern 3 inches wide x 1-1/2 inches deep that creates an image of live flames of a fire, and the support sections of the building utilize an 8 x 16 burnished masonry embedded veneer. This was a LEED Gold Certified Project.
Jupiter, FL 33478
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