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Lockhart Storage

Summarize the project's program, features, and achievements: Lockhart Storage is a three-story self-storage facility with an abundance of architectural features. A combination of two, four, and six-inch-deep recesses along with 30,000 LF of rustication and a shiplap pattern form liner produced an amazing looking building.

What obstacles were overcome related to the schedule, budget, program, specification, site, etc. on this project? The challenges to construction were nearly as noteworthy. There was no crane access on the west side due to the nearby property fence and the north side was occupied by a stormwater retention area which in some places was within 11 feet of the building. Much of the east was consumed by casting bed leaving a road just wide enough for two concrete trucks to pass each other. Erection started on the south elevation after which the crane picked its way onto the slab and into the building. During the negotiating phase of the project a plan was formulated between contractor and subcontractor and a six inch thick crushed stone base was installed below the slab on grade in the crane path to ensure that the slab was not damaged under the weight of the 300 ton crawler crane. The west and north elevations were erected and the crane exited the building at the northeast corner. The east elevation was erected from outside of the building while the crane crawled over the uncovered casting bed.

Please communicate any engineering complexities or unique features of the panel design for this project. ? The interior metal building grid on a self-storage structure requires that the panels be braced to the outside and on this project helical anchors were used. On the north elevation adjacent to the stormwater retention area the length and angle of the braces had to be engineered to accommodate this condition.

What is the potential for this project's impact on the community and/or environment? Inasmuch as this structure is in such close proximity to nearby buildings the exterior architectural treatments proved less obtrusive to surrounding homes and businesses.

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Project Location

Loxahatchee, FL 33470
United States


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Project Team (TCA Members)

General Contractor:
Concrete Contractor:
Victory Concrete Contractors, Inc.
BSE Structural Engineers LLC

Project Specifics

Project Category:
Building Types:
Storage Facilities
Paint (Flat)
Number of Floors:
Tilt-Up Wall Area:
33,745 sq ft (3,135 sq m)
Total Floor Area:
97,440 sq ft (9,052 sq m)
Project Footprint:
33,700 sq ft (3,131 sq m)
Tallest Panel:
38 ft 10 in (11.84 m)
Largest Panel:
1,243 sq ft (115.5 sq m)
Heaviest Panel:
159,333 lbs (72,272 kg)