100,000-square-foot educational facility in Sarasota, Fla. Submitted by Tilt-Con Corp. of Altamonte Springs, Fla.
The architect on this project used complex curved panels to create a dramatic rotunda entry. To complete this, the tilt-up subcontractor worked with the design team and cast the panels onsite in curved casting beds. The project also had an aggressive schedule and a restricted site.
To remedy these challenges, casting slabs were reused and multiple panel erections were performed. The site is located along a wooded waterfront area that was home to several endangered species. Team members worked around at least a dozen pine trees in the center of the construction site, and several gopher turtles that were relocated to a nearby site.
The building features a Mediterranean color scheme and incorporates a variety of heights, towers, reveals, recesses, and other architectural details such as complex curved panels, radius tops, covered walkways, and clay tiled rooftops.