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Cyber Fortress II

2002 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Special Projects Division

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As one would imagine with a name like "Cyber Fortress" the owner required a secure facility - bomb proof, if possible. While there was little doubt that Tilt-Up could provide the desired durability, the owner, Data Centers NOW, also demanded an attractive appearance for their "secure" structure.

Architectural firm Stephens, Aylward & Associates accomplished both using graceful Tilt-Up curves cast into the panels to break down the scale of this windowless building located in Manassas, Virginia.

Tilt-Up lived up to its reputation as "fast-track": the 109,800 square foot two-story facility was completed in only seven months and could not have been accomplished with metal due to the ballistics requirement. Tilt-Up and poured-in- place screen walls provided ground and roof mechanical areas with security and visual barriers, as well as the protection of large fuel tanks and seven generators.

For more information on this special project, contact Thomas Aylward at (301) 513-0600.

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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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