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Freedom Towers

2006 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Special Projects Division

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Constructed on the center of the busiest traffic circle in Kliptown, this project had the goal of creating a complex feature entrance wall to a new National Monument in Soweto, South Africa.

The owner wanted to ensure no construction joints were visible in the columns for the Freedom Towers, which was easily achieved with Tilt-Up.

Five of the Freedom Towers columns are made of black concrete with white aggregate, and four of the columns are made of white concrete with black aggregate. This represents the new South Africa where black and white people stand together in harmony.

Large floodlights inside and outside the columns of the Freedom Towers provide a spectacular illumination at night.

The remarkable monuments caught the eyes of the judges on Walter Sisulu. Judges cited the use of light, form and special relationships that serve to create a landmark most observers could never forget.

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Project Specifics

Tallest Panel
59 ft 0 in
(17.98 m)
Largest Panel
635 sq ft
(59.0 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
100,000 lbs
(45,359 kg)

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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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