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Hagen Ranch Road Branch Library

The swelling town of West Delray Beach, Fla., had outgrown its existing library, so Palm Beach County sought to create a unique, affordable new building that would serve as a focal point for the community.

The resulting design is an amalgam of geometric angles: The rear elevation of the building (which fronts the main access road) features 118 linear feet of panels leaning outward at a 30-degree angle, supported by tilt-panel-and-steel buttresses with a glass infill. The slanted Tilt-Up wall continues over a low roof also created with spandrel panels and supported by a complex steel frame system. This slanted panel is met with a tapered vertical side spandrel to complete a hexagonal-shaped roof area that provides an atrium-like space inside the library. The front elevation mimics the slanting panels of the roofline with a smaller cast-in-place walkway crowned by a 20-degree slanted Tilt-Up canopy. To add further geometric drama, reveal lines were given a minimalist treatment, and feature elements were painted a deep orange to contrast with the neutral colors of the rest of the building.

Featuring state-of-the-art media technology, open reading rooms, community conference areas, and expanded media and paper library, the building has quickly become a favorite gathering place for the community of West Delray Beach.

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Project Location

Delray Beach, FL
United States

This project was a 2009 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award winner.

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Project Team (TCA Members)

General Contractor:
Concrete Contractor:
Johnson Structural Group Inc
Textured Coatings of America Inc

Project Specifics

Project Category:
Building Types:
Number of Floors:
Number of Panels:
75 panels
Tilt-Up Wall Area:
26,000 sq ft (2,415 sq m)
Total Floor Area:
34,000 sq ft (3,159 sq m)
Project Footprint:
34,000 sq ft (3,159 sq m)
Tallest Panel:
31 ft 0 in (9.45 m)
Widest Panel:
40 ft 3 in (12.27 m)
Largest Panel:
1,200 sq ft (111.5 sq m)
Heaviest Panel:
120,000 lbs (54,431 kg)
Longest Spandrel:
48 ft 8 in (14.83 m)