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NSU - New Residence Hall

The construction of a 178,806-square-foot dormitory building on the campus of Nova Southeastern University presented an out-of-the-ordinary challenge for Tilt-Up contractor Florida Tilt: The construction site was home to burrowing owls, which had to be kept safe in accordance with Florida Wildlife guidelines.

To work around this, Florida Tilt started construction on the end point of the building and then moved back to the start point to erect the panels once the owls had left their nests. Even though the construction team encountered this schedule delay, they still had to be ready for the filigree floor systems at the original start point and schedule.

Despite this setback and others (including a tight site and a hurricane warning that delayed construction for three days), the contractor was still able to stick to a 130-day construction schedule that would ensure the building was open in time for classes in the fall of 2007.

The building features many panel depressions and reveals. To provide visual relief for the large structure, the building has very a unique footprint and elevation. To complement existing facilities on the campus, the facility features earth tones of tan and coral. The five-story building has unique window and door openings to create visual appeal for the structure.

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Project Location

Davie, FL 33314
United States

This project was a 2008 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award winner.

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Project Team (TCA Members)

General Contractor:
Concrete Contractor:
Permit Engineering Services Inc
Meadow Burke
Meadow Burke

Project Specifics

Project Category:
Building Types:
Number of Floors:
Number of Panels:
232 panels
Tilt-Up Wall Area:
36,983 sq ft (3,436 sq m)
Total Floor Area:
178,806 sq ft (16,611 sq m)
Project Footprint:
39,827 sq ft (3,700 sq m)
Tallest Panel:
67 ft 3 in (20.50 m)
Widest Panel:
31 ft 1 in (9.49 m)
Largest Panel:
1,083 sq ft (100.6 sq m)
Heaviest Panel:
91,930 lbs (41,699 kg)