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FAU 600-bed Residence Hall

2014 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Housing Division

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This Florida Atlantic University project consisted of a seven-story student housing building with an attached single-story restaurant and mechanical building. The single-story area was constructed with conventional load-bearing tilt-up walls and a bar joist roof. The high rise portion had cast-in-place interior columns and shearwalls and 9-in.-thick post-tensioned slabs.

The tilt-up walls of the high rise were constructed in 3 pieces two-stories, three-stories, and two-stories high, stacked atop each other and designed as cladding. These walls were supported by a continuous footing isolated from the building structure. They were attached to the post-tensioned slabs with a connection that allowed differential settling between the walls and the building. A vertically slotted insert was cast into the panels with a strap anchor connecting to embeds cast into the slabs. The majority of the residence building had punched window openings and multiple horizontal reveals.

This project achieved LEED Silver Certification, utilizing regional materials with a value of $404,000 and recycled materials with a value of $203,000. The means and methods along with thoughtful scheduling and planning allowed the building to be constructed in record time to house 600 students.

Project Specifics

Project Wall Area
96,096 sq ft
(8,927 sq m)
Project Floor Area
202,677 sq ft
(18,829 sq m)
Project Footprint
41,571 sq ft
(3,862 sq m)
Tallest Panel
28 ft 8 in
(8.74 m)
Widest Panel
38 ft 10 in
(11.84 m)
Largest Panel
1 sq ft
(0.1 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
111,507 lbs
(50,579 kg)
Longest Spandrel Panel
11 ft 8 in
(3.56 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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