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Casino Queen

2008 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Commercial Division

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The use of integral design for the Casino Queen led to the very first floating gaming facility that has a land-based casino shell and a gaming floor that is rafted on a floating concrete barge.

The owners of the facility used Tilt-Up methods because of its structural integrity. On each panel, Concrete Strategies used a TCA-grade A patch – the highest grade of patch that the industry has. With an admirable approach at efficiency, the unused concrete materials were recycled.

The concept of the Casino Queen was the first Tilt-Up casino construction in the St. Louis area. Because panels were large-scale, 4,000 and 5,000-PSI mix was used for about 13,000 cubic yards of concrete. Concrete Strategies sequenced two panels and installed casting beds to reduce cost and match the square footage of the wall panels to the floor slabs.

A 300-ton crawler crane was used to pick up heavy panels.

Project Specifics

Project Wall Area
84,279 sq ft
(7,830 sq m)
Project Footprint
14,700 sq ft
(1,366 sq m)
Tallest Panel
57 ft 1 in
(17.40 m)
Widest Panel
38 ft 1 in
(11.62 m)
Largest Panel
1,242 sq ft
(115.4 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
144,350 lbs
(65,476 kg)

Participating TCA Members

Concrete Strategies, Inc.Sustaining Member iconSustaining Member icon
Tilt-Up contractor
Alper Audi, Inc.
Project engineer
Meadow BurkeSustaining Member icon
Lifting hardware
Nox-Crete Products GroupSustaining Member icon
Bond breaker, Form release

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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