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State School V-1

The State School V-1, a prototype school in Hialeah Gardens, Fla., built to accommodate the needs of the growing Miami-Dade County Public School District, features a unique design concept—the structure is meant to look like a Lego set that was not completely put together.

To achieve this vision, while adhering to a quick-turnaround construction schedule, the Miami-Dade School Board opted to execute the design via Tilt-Up rather than the more time-consuming alternative. The switch to Tilt-Up enabled all trades to work at the same time, resulting in a timeline of less than 12 months from ground-breaking to move-in. To make the schedule even more efficient, the panels for a two-story walkway were converted to Tilt-Up from cast-in-place using lid panels. The walkway panels have slopes that drain from the lid panels into a cast gutter. This gutter matches pipes cast into the vertical Tilt-Up panels so water can drain down the legs.

Bright color hues of white, yellow, blue, red and gray support the Lego concept and also lend a modern art deco look that complements the region’s famed architecture. All panels are 100-percent exposed concrete, so film-faced plywood was used to cast the 3-foot recesses for limited sacking and patching.

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Project Location

Hialeah Gardens, FL
United States


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Project Team (TCA Members)

General Contractor:
Concrete Contractor:
Woodland Tilt-Up
Permit Engineering Services Inc
Meadow Burke

Project Specifics

Project Category:
Building Types:
Number of Floors:
Number of Panels:
333 panels
Tilt-Up Wall Area:
143,606 sq ft (13,341 sq m)
Total Floor Area:
147,854 sq ft (13,736 sq m)
Project Footprint:
92,738 sq ft (8,615 sq m)
Tallest Panel:
35 ft 3 in (10.74 m)
Widest Panel:
34 ft 6 in (10.52 m)
Largest Panel:
1,062 sq ft (98.7 sq m)
Heaviest Panel:
85,270 lbs (38,678 kg)