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FAU Arts & Letters

The Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at Florida Atlantic constructed a new classroom and office building that houses 14 classrooms, conference rooms, office space and a movie theater complex. It is anchored by a three-story atrium that is designed as a "main street" for the building.

With the project built adjacent to an existing operational structure on one side, existing operational roadways on two other sides, and limited space for staging on the other side, the space for construction was tight. The slab-on-grade provided very little available space for casting panels, which required casting panels outside the building's footprint. With the limited space available, the scheduling and sequencing became critical in order to meet the aggressive shell completion dates.

Tilt-Up roof panel sections were used for the theater roof structure in order to meet the stringent sound and acoustical value upgrades. The full theater area is enclosed with solid Tilt-Up. This project shows the versatile uses for Tilt-Up including enhanced architectural appointments through reveals, recesses and roof structure flat panels, providing enhanced sound containment capabilities and lightweight structural composite panels for the rooftop equipment structure.

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Project Location

Boca Raton, FL 33431
United States


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Project Specifics

Project Category:
Building Types:
Number of Floors:
Number of Panels:
133 panels
Tilt-Up Wall Area:
68,260 sq ft (6,341 sq m)
Total Floor Area:
77,815 sq ft (7,229 sq m)
Project Footprint:
33,505 sq ft (3,113 sq m)
Tallest Panel:
57 ft 11 in (17.65 m)
Widest Panel:
40 ft 11 in (12.47 m)
Largest Panel:
1,213 sq ft (112.7 sq m)
Heaviest Panel:
106,000 lbs (48,081 kg)
Tallest Cantilever:
27 ft 11 in (8.51 m)