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Awards | TCA Tilt-Up Achievement

Supermercados Bravo

2009 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Warehouse/Distribution Division

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Totaling 80,952-square-feet, Supermercados Bravo – a local chain of supermarkets in the Dominican Republic -- wanted a functional and durable building that easily catches the attention of the community to invite patrons. The contractor demonstrated the versatility of Tilt-Up walls in the building’s facade with five main elements: a spandrel panel, two panels supporting it and two porticos.

Another remarkable element is an 110,000-pound spandrel suspended in the air and supported by an elevated cantilever slab. The front Tilt-Up staircase, which resembles a supermarket car, has caught the eye of other construction companies and has served as the supermarket’s marketing tool, attracting attention and tourism. Footing to panel erection was completed in only nine weeks.

Tilt-Up concrete construction was selected because of its durability, ease of maintenance, speed and versatility.

Project Specifics

Project Wall Area
50,064 sq ft
(4,651 sq m)
Project Floor Area
80,952 sq ft
(7,520 sq m)
Project Footprint
65,253 sq ft
(6,062 sq m)
Tallest Panel
50 ft 0 in
(15.24 m)
Widest Panel
42 ft 8 in
(13.00 m)
Largest Panel
1,206 sq ft
(112.0 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
152,380 lbs
(69,118 kg)
Tallest Cantilever Panel
34 ft 5 in
(10.49 m)
Longest Spandrel Panel
45 ft 11 in
(14.00 m)

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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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