Speed of erection and aesthetic appeal were the key factors in choosing tilt-up concrete construction for this four-story, 73,000 square-foot speculative office building. Construction time was reduced by 15 per cent over conventional methods (for example, the glazier measured and numbered the window openings while the panels were still on the ground, saving field-cutting).
Tilt-up panels are 54 feet tall, approximately 12 feet wide to reduce weight, and weigh 36 tons each. The tough shell supports the upper floors and roof, and meets Florida's tight hurricane building code requirements. Even the elevator shaft and stair tower were built using tilt-up panels.
The construction team consisted of Woodland Construction Company, Jupiter, Fla., tilt-up contractor; Itasca Construction Associates, Boca Raton, Fla., general contractor; Burton, Braswell, Middlebrooks Assoc., Boca Raton, engineer; and, Quincy Johnson & Associates, Boca Raton, architect. The owner is WF Buildings, Ltd., Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
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