Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections

Checking all the boxes of form and function

THE PROJECT:  The Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections building serves as the region’s administrative hub for all local, state and federal election and voting activities. Inside features include employee offices, on-grade storage space for voting equipment and ballot retention, training facilities and an early voting center. The challenge stemmed from many programs contained under one roof, requiring significant load bearing, all within a limited footprint. 

OUR SOLUTION:  We provided the structural design for the 135,000 square foot facility, economizing the weight of floor systems and leaving proper space for ceiling heights to accommodate tenants. Use of concrete tilt-wall panels saved on form work and increased the speed of construction. Two expansion joints let building expand and breathe. Specially designed long-span structural steel trusses for training room areas allow the system to span the whole area without interior columns.                                                  

A signature design element appears at the southeast entrance—a large glass-clad structure highlighted by structural steel roof cantilevers in the shape of a large checkmark, an architectural homage to the act of voting. 

Location: West Palm Beach, FL
Client: Song + Associates
Architect: Song + Associates
Size: 135,000 sq. ft.
Type: Government
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