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Lynn University Snyder Sanctuary

Lynn University's Snyder Sanctuary utilized the tilt-up construction method to a achieve a timely constructed, durable structure for spiritual refuge and interfaith worship. Representing one of the most unique and innovative uses of tilt-up, the wall panels follow a spiral pattern calling to mind a labyrinth design, which is found in numerous spiral forms in nature. The structure's design includes 50-foot-tall tilt-up panels of various thicknesses and angles forming the sanctuary's space. Each wall panel leans considerably into the immediate adjacent panel, connecting to each other, and together forming a strong, stable structure. Architectural appointments include glass openings between the angular panels where light enters the sanctuary space. From an exterior vantage point, the ingenuity of the tilt-up design offers differing angles and thicknesses, flaring to create unusual shadowing of light that also changes with the sun's movement. Snyder Sanctuary is a notable example of a smaller tilt-up structure incorporating large, heavy individual panels weighing up to 240,000 pounds.  
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Project Location

Boca Raton, FL 33431
United States

This project was a 2016 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award winner.

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Project Specifics

Project Category:
Worship
Building Types:
Chapel
Church
College & University
Monastery
Synagogue
Temple
Finishes:
Paint (Textured)
Features:
Angled Panels (Elevation-Edge/Shape)
Angled Panels (Plan-Orientation/Position)
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Number of Floors:
1
Number of Panels:
9 panels
Tilt-Up Wall Area:
20,000 sq ft (1,858 sq m)
Total Floor Area:
3,887 sq ft (361 sq m)
Project Footprint:
3,887 sq ft (361 sq m)
Tallest Panel:
4 ft 6 in (1.37 m)
Widest Panel:
4 ft 10 in (1.47 m)
Largest Panel:
1,225 sq ft (113.8 sq m)
Heaviest Panel:
240,360 lbs (109,025 kg)
Recycled Content:
2 tons (US)