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Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute

The Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute is a new sate of the art medical facility that provides the services of 15 Board Certified physicians who are trained and specialized in different areas of expertise.

Involvement in this project started early in the design stage with collaboration of the architectural and structural firms, and it was decided that tilt-up would be the method of choice due to it's architectural flexibility. Tilt-up provided for the ability to convert many cast in place elements, enabling the facility to be completed on the aggressive schedule and allowing the owners to occupy the facility early. The project was initially designed with CMU, cast in place concrete, and structural steel composite infill.

Several unique features included a 58-feet wide by 48-feet tall radiussed panel that incorporated several different thicknesses and integral returns to accommodate high load floor steel bearing for MRI machines, as well as differing recess depths on the outside to create the desired architectural dimensioning.

On the opposite side of the building, another softer radius panel was utilized full height with differing thicknesses and recesses outward. The panel was cast "upside down" in order to accommodate all the detailing in one panel. The same end of the building featured a covered parking area where the second floor extended over top and bearing on large spandrel panels supported by adjacent panels perpendicularly that incorporated integrally cast columns with notches that would provide final support.

The tilt-up incorporated several reveal patterns carefully located and placed that help provide for the look of class "A" architectural precast with a very light sand textured finish.

Another feature included a drive through porte-cachere created with tilt-up spandrel panels where the roof above provided for an outdoor balcony that is tiled for lounging with a continuous glass rail.

Located opposite the porte-cachere is an open air covered garden entry created by one legged angular panels on either side and closed up with another spandrel panel, where the second floor above is an enclosed finished office.

Two monument signs, a chiller yard and dumpsters also utilized tilt-up components.

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Project Location

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
United States


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Project Team (TCA Members)

General Contractor:
Concrete Contractor:
Woodland Tilt-Up
Dayton Superior Corporation

Project Specifics

Project Category:
Building Types:
Paint (Textured)
Angled Panels (Plan-Orientation/Position)
Cantilevered Panels
Curved Panels (Plan-Face)
Post Applied (Interior)
Number of Floors:
Number of Panels:
0 panels
Tilt-Up Wall Area:
35,000 sq ft (3,252 sq m)
Total Floor Area:
39,300 sq ft (3,651 sq m)
Project Footprint:
18,000 sq ft (1,672 sq m)
Tallest Panel:
46 ft 3 in (14.10 m)
Widest Panel:
58 ft 0 in (17.68 m)
Largest Panel:
1,424 sq ft (132.3 sq m)
Heaviest Panel:
198,000 lbs (89,811 kg)
Tallest Cantilever:
27 ft 4 in (8.33 m)
Longest Spandrel:
35 ft 6 in (10.82 m)