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Galaxy Elementary School

The most unique feature of this school are the main entry tilt-up panels that consists of two 39-feet high tilt-up panels. The first tilt-up panel is 51-feet wide and second tilt-up panel is 40-feet wide. The Architect incorporated into these tilt-up panels 2-feet wide angled legs from the second floor down, form liner and a massive opening from the second floor up.

The panel specialty engineer's biggest challenge was to design the panel's angled legs as structural columns in lieu of standard panel legs. As a result, a considerable amount of additional reinforcement was put into them. In addition, the widest panel (51-feet wide) has a massive 2nd floor opening (39-feet wide by 11-feet high), which presented additional challenges to the specialty engineer as well as the lifting and bracing engineer.

Two other distinctive features are the school's name recessed into the tilt-up panels facing interstate I-95 highway, and the sloped tilt-up panels along I-95 in contrast with flat classroom wings tilt-up panels.

The above mentioned panels became the most recognizable feature of the building and a community symbol.

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Project Location

Boyton Beach, FL 33435
United States

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Project Team (TCA Members)

General Contractor:
Concrete Contractor:
Builders Plus, Inc.
Meadow Burke

Project Specifics

Project Category:
Building Types:
Number of Floors:
Tilt-Up Wall Area:
105,990 sq ft (9,846 sq m)
Total Floor Area:
120,200 sq ft (11,167 sq m)
Project Footprint:
73,400 sq ft (6,819 sq m)
Tallest Panel:
39 ft 1 in (11.91 m)
Widest Panel:
51 ft 4 in (15.67 m)
Largest Panel:
1,234 sq ft (114.6 sq m)
Heaviest Panel:
145,760 lbs (66,116 kg)
Longest Spandrel:
27 ft 0 in (8.23 m)
Recycled Content:
641 tons (US)