The original design called for a plain precast concrete building, but the Airport Authority wanted something unique to show off the airport. The precast concrete producer suggested a total–precast concrete solution, satisfying their need for both speed and budget. He calculated the entire tower could be installed in five weeks, after which they could hoist the steel cab on top and finish the interior.
A total of 380 ft of LED ribbon lighting on the exterior further accents the sails. Designing the lighting to follow the dramatic sweeping lines of the architecture required a unique precast concrete wall-within-wall structure that was precisely engineered and constructed off-site.
Read more about this project in the Fall 2019 issue of Ascent.
Collaboration among the project team was extremely important to keep within tight tolerances and the detailed connections. Precast concrete provided a single source, which kept costs down. In Florida, designing with resiliency in mind means meeting hurricane standards. The precast panels are very solid with no room for infiltration.
Airport Engineering Company
Walbridge Aldinger Company
Melbourne Airport Authority
STABIL Precast Products
Wes Frey Engineering
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