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FIU Wellness

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FIU proudly unveiled its new $ 25 Million Expansion during a highly anticipated ribboncutting ceremony on December 4th, 2017.

The design of the new facility is modern, and compliments the surrounding existing structures with its unique and contemporary design features. The 72,000 square foot expansion includes a three-court basketball gymnasium, 6,600 square feet of fitness space that accommodates new state-of-the-art cardio equipment, a 6,500 square foot strength room, 3,000 square feet of additional locker rooms, modern student lounge areas, an elevated 1/10th mile indoor running track situated on the third level which follows a radiused Tilt-Up panel exterior wall system that boasts expansive glass panels that provide for ample natural light through the entire elevated indoor workout areas.

The utilization of the Tllt-Up concrete design offered many efficiencies for the Project, such as the use of radiused Tilt-Up sections mentioned above, that provides cover to the first level exterior walkway and lounge areas. Tilt-Up also provided for full height integrally insulated wall sections that structurally support a clear span joist system over the basketball Gymnasium. This insulated Tilt-Up system provides for a hard interior wall that can withstand high impact without damage. The Tilt-Up method also posed some challenges, however. The construction sequence and coordination became critical, as there was only so much room on site to accommodate almost 58,000 square feet of wall panel, so two casting and erection sequences were required. The main building section first, then the basketball Gymnasium as phase two. This sequencing enabled the start of the very intricate structural steel installation within the entire phase one, where radiused building layouts dominated, while the Tilt-Up was being fabricated on the phase two gymnasium.

Careful coordination was required where new Tilt-Up panels were erected against the existing structure, between the connections to the existing but modified foundation, as well as the challenging erection process and lifting configurations. Two crane lines were utilized to provide for mid-air rotation of rigging from standard face picking transferring to top edge pics to be able to plumb set the panels. To insure the new panel line would be precisely placed, an existing wall survey was necessary to determine any out of plain vertical surfaces, which there was.

A double Tilt-Up back to back wall is utilized between the Gymnasium and the Rec center to provide for adequate bearing of two different roof elevations, and also to maintain the integrity of the insulated tilt wall system on the Gym side. This double wall was designed and set with a 2" space between them, so careful coordination was necessary to insure proper alignment of openings, etc. This wall line also provided for a natural construction phasing division line described above.

Tilt-Up hard wall is also utilized for many interior wall sections that provide for full height expanse of the interior lobby and lounge spaces, as well as providing structural support for the open stair structures. Pictures within this submittal illustrate this design application.

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Project Location

Miami, FL
United States


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Project Team (TCA Members)

General Contractor:
Concrete Contractor:
Woodland Tilt-Up
LJB Inc.
Moss & Associates

Project Specifics

Project Category:
Sports / Recreation
Building Types:
Recreation Center
Paint (Flat)
Angled Panels (Plan-Orientation/Position)
Sandwich Panel (Composite)
Number of Floors:
Number of Panels:
68 panels
Tilt-Up Wall Area:
50,800 sq ft (4,719 sq m)
Total Floor Area:
70,578 sq ft (6,557 sq m)
Project Footprint:
42,000 sq ft (3,902 sq m)
Tallest Panel:
47 ft 6 in (14.48 m)
Widest Panel:
37 ft 6 in (11.43 m)
Largest Panel:
1,675 sq ft (155.6 sq m)
Heaviest Panel:
185,246 lbs (84,026 kg)
Longest Spandrel:
17 ft 8 in (5.38 m)
Recycled Content:
394 tons (US)