United Technologies Fire and Security Innovation

Jupiter, Florida

This 19,750 square-foot manufacturing/industrial facility required hundreds of hours over a period of six months assisting the general contractor, owner and design team with the budgeting and design of this 60+ foot tall test hall with attached warehouse and administration building.

Why was Tilt-Up selected for the project?
Because of its known inherent durability, as well as its diverse architectural flexibility, the design/build team felt Tilt-Up construction was the ideal choice for this building. Further, the structure required insulated panels, which were easily incorporated into this structure in a manner that allows for a hard-wall system on both exposed surfaces.

The test hall, which is used for igniting fires and extinguishing them with state-of-the-art fire suppression technology, was constructed of insulated panels consisting of a 12 inch thick architectural wythe, 2 inches of polyisocyanurate insulation, and a 3.75 inch architectural wythe for a total thickness of 17.75 inches. The panels were erected with 300 ton and 275 ton crawler cranes. The exterior of the tall test hall tower section of the main building has a random vertical reveal pattern 3 inches wide x 1.5 inches deep that creates an image of live flames of a fire, and the support sections of the building utilize an 8 x 16 burnished masonry embedded veneer.

2013 TCA Tilt-Up EXCELLENCE in Achievement Award – Manufacturing / Industrial Division
LEED Gold Certified Project

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“I would like to commend Woodland Construction, Inc. on the completion of this project for Whiting-Turner. We also want to express our gratitude for the Woodland Team on this project. They have worked professionally, diligently, and knowledgeably to finish your scope of work on time and on budget. Though this project had its share of difficulties, your supervisors never lost sight of the goals and worked with Whiting-Turner to allow these goals to come to fruition. Both of these individuals worked and dealt with management issues in a very professional way. Woodland Construction is an innovative forward thinking concrete contractor who understands that tilt-up construction can be architecturally expanded and adapted to new applications. We have enjoyed working with your firm and are looking forward to our next project together.”

David Johnston, Project Manager
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co.