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Polk Scenic Terrace

Summarize the project's program, features and achievements?

Polk County unveils a new school with a monumental effort through a public private relationship. An innovative, alternative approach to building through the state legislated public-private partnership structure. The state saw the advantages and encourages this ground-breaking approach. It provided significant time, money and human resource savings in a way that benefits Florida taxpayers while helping clients keep up with growth-based demands. With extraordinary efforts from the top down Polk County moves in to their new 97,363 foot print building and 112,402 sf of panel in record time of 9 months from ground breaking to final paint stroke.

The tilt wall system was preferred due to its time saving advantage and architecturally diverse applications. Through rigorous coordination with other trades and careful planning the erection schedule was kept on track for the interior build out. To help with the schedule all panels were built using casting beds while the foundation and slab work was being done. Not only was the construction fast, but beautiful design between the panel reveals, recess, formliner and large glazing applications. That main entrances display large spandrel panels and deep recessed. This building is a 2 story school that includes a cafeteria with a stage and gymnasium, along with outdoor basketball court, tennis and baseball field.

The basis of the structural design concept is load bearing Tilt-Up utilizing a composite structural steel system for the second floor framing and steel bar joists at the roof level. The gymnasium with 85' long clear span joist girders at the roof level. The exterior walkways feature covered walkways around the building and bus loop.

What obstacles were overcome related to the schedule, budget, program, specification, site, etc. on this project?

The Contractor had a goal to finish the building from breaking ground to turning over the keys in 9 months. With immense effort and extensive coordination, this feat was accomplish with out sacrificing any quality, aesthetic or safety requirements.

What is the potential for this project's impact on the community and/or environment?

This building was done by a private/public partnerships between the city and contractor. The goal was to turn over a beautiful building under budget and accelerated schedule that a typical public school project. This was the pilot project that would define a new way of buildings schools without wasting tax payer money and utilizing the building in record type. This has given the state of florida the opportunity to build in underserved areas and invest in the future leaders of tomorrow. With the influx of new residents received the last few years, this partnership can fulfill the demand for public sector projects needed for its residents.

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Project Location

Haines City, FL 33844
United States

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Project Category:
Building Types:
Elementary School
Paint (Textured)
Interlocking Panels
Shadow Panels
Stacked Panels
Post Applied (Interior)
Number of Floors:
Number of Panels:
246 panels
Total Floor Area:
148,992 sq ft (13,841 sq m)
Project Footprint:
97,363 sq ft (9,045 sq m)
Tallest Panel:
42 ft 3 in (12.88 m)
Widest Panel:
41 ft 8 in (12.70 m)
Largest Panel:
1,282 sq ft (119.1 sq m)
Heaviest Panel:
115,730 lbs (52,494 kg)
Longest Spandrel:
46 ft 4 in (14.12 m)