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Franklin Academy

The Franklin Academy project consisted of a two-story classroom and a gymnasium building. This charter school contained many different components including tilt-up, masonry, structural steel, bar joists, and hollowcore planks. This required many different types of structural connections between the tilt-up panels and the other structural units including dovetail slot that was cast into the panels to receive masonry ties.

The panels featured a wainscot of 24 in. x 16 in. chiseled stone pattern formliner and a variety of different width rustications. Most of the windows were set in recessed areas with bordering reveals with many of the recesses arched requiring that high density overlay plywood be cut in curved strips, installed onto the casting surface, and then trimmed out with PVC chamfer to achieve the desired appearance. The architectural scheme of the tilt up structure provided for an older traditional type schoolhouse look including grand style entry features.

The number of "pieces" was kept to a minimum by increasing the width of the panels. Many were between 28 and 35 ft. wide. While this required the use of a 300-ton crane, it ultimately reduced the erection time, which was critical due to the time constraints of the project. A 540-ft.-long privacy wall screening the school from adjacent residences was converted to tilt-up construction. This provided a more economical solution to precast and was a more sound, maintenance-free alternative to CMU and Stucco.

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Project Location

Boyton Beach, FL 33436
United States

This project was a 2014 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award winner.

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Project Team (TCA Members)

General Contractor:
Concrete Contractor:
Woodland Tilt-Up
Meadow Burke

Project Specifics

Project Category:
Building Types:
Classroom Building
Elementary School
High School
Middle School
Paint (Textured)
Curved Panels (Elevation-Edge)
Stacked Panels
Post Applied (Interior)
Number of Floors:
Number of Panels:
69 panels
Tilt-Up Wall Area:
40,478 sq ft (3,760 sq m)
Total Floor Area:
43,504 sq ft (4,042 sq m)
Project Footprint:
57,196 sq ft (5,314 sq m)
Tallest Panel:
35 ft 4 in (10.77 m)
Widest Panel:
35 ft 4 in (10.77 m)
Largest Panel:
1 sq ft (0.1 sq m)
Heaviest Panel:
121,000 lbs (54,885 kg)
Recycled Content:
71 tons (US)