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Awards | TCA Tilt-Up Achievement

North Campus Academic and Student Services Addition

2009 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Educational Division

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Combining Tilt-Up wall panels with precast concrete floors proved to be a complex challenge when constructing an addition to Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning’s North Campus Academic and Student Service building.

To successfully connect the wall panels with the floors, a three-bay structural arrangement was designed that temporarily braced the interior and exterior three-story panels via conventional methods as well as a temporary ring beam. The ring beams were connected to interior Tilt-Up panels and/or structural steel framing, allowing temporary construction loads to be transferred to bracing in the adjacent bays so the conventional bracing could be removed and the precast floors could be installed. Although the layout of the building was simple in order to keep the project on budget, details such as a walkway formed from colored panels and a cantilevered Tilt-Up panel above the front entrance added interest to the structure without increasing costs.

In keeping with the university’s sustainable-design goals, the combination of precast and Tilt-Up resulted in a building that is thermally efficient.

Project Specifics

Project Wall Area
41,203 sq ft
(3,828 sq m)
Project Floor Area
83,694 sq ft
(7,775 sq m)
Project Footprint
28,400 sq ft
(2,638 sq m)
Tallest Panel
43 ft 6 in
(13.27 m)
Widest Panel
37 ft 11 in
(11.56 m)
Largest Panel
1,011 sq ft
(93.9 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
166,000 lbs
(75,296 kg)
Tallest Cantilever Panel
15 ft 6 in
(4.72 m)

Participating TCA Members

Barry-Bryan Associates (1991) Limited
Architect, Project engineer
Tilt Wall Ontario
Tilt-Up contractor
Dayton Superior CorporationSustaining Member icon
Lifting hardware, Braces, Bond breaker

About the TCA

Founded in 1986, the Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) strives to improve the quality and acceptance of site-cast Tilt-Up construction, a method in which concrete wall panels are cast on-site and tilted into place. Tilt-Up construction is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States, combining the advantages of reasonable cost with low maintenance, durability, speed of construction and minimal capital investment. At least 10,000 buildings, enclosing more than 650 million square feet, are constructed each year using this construction method.

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