The building is a speculative, rear-load warehouse facility in southern Florida constructed using the tilt-up method. The front elevation uses a combination of panel recesses and offset panels to create attractive entries to the facility at the center and two front corners. The architect detailed recesses as deep as 2 3/4 inches to break up the mass of the panels at these locations and create a pattern that highlights the egress doors and windows. Additionally, the panels in the two corners are “stacked” one in front of the other to increase an offset dimension and add more distinct shadow lines to the wall elevation. The center main entry extends the “stacked” concept in that the panels are offset five feet face to face. Most of the panels along the front elevation have future openings to facilitate tenants’ needs for glazing or egress doors.
The perimeter walls of the building are solid (that is, non-insulated) tilt-up concrete wall panels. In addition to the exterior walls mentioned above, the utility room appendage and all exterior stair and ramp walls were constructed with tilt-up concrete wall panels. The tilt-up construction method was used to eliminate as much as the cast-in-place concrete walls as possible.
A unique feature to this building is the eyebrow canopies. The canopies are cast-in-place concrete construction completed after the erection of the panels. In order to facilitate the structural connection with the panels, a splice box with integral reinforcement was used in lieu of traditional form savers.
PO Box 204
402 1st Avenue SE
Mount Vernon, IA 52314
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About the Tilt-Up Concrete Association
Founded in 1986, the Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) strives to improve the quality and acceptance of site-cast Tilt-Up construction - one of the fastest growing industries in the United States, combining the advantages of reasonable cost with low maintenance, durability, speed of construction and minimal capital investment. Over 10,000 buildings, enclosing more than 650 million square feet, are constructed each year using this construction method.
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