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Rex Wakefield Wellness

2010 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Civic Division

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Rex Wakefield Wellness, a two-story fitness and healthcare center in Raleigh, N.C., provides the ever growing North Raleigh community with an accessible and enduring healthcare and fitness facility. This project exemplifies all the inherent benefits of Tilt Up: cost savings and fast-track delivery during construction, and sound control, durability, fire resistance, and lower operating costs after completion.

The design-build team was able to save the developer both time and money by converting to Tilt-Up versus other construction methods. Having successfully designed several healthcare facilities of this nature, the contractor was able to provide a building model and fixed pricing. The fitness and healthcare center boasts architectural thin brick and stone designs with colored joints.

Tilt-Up was the obvious choice for this facility in that its load-bearing, insulated curved panels eliminate columns, which provides clean, open space in the gymnasium and indoor track areas. In addition, concrete’s natural ability to withstand corrosive environments made Tilt-Up the ideal choice for their indoor pool. Overall sound control was accomplished by utilizing the high density of concrete, which deadens noise from the pool and gym areas.

Tilt-Up’s innovation in design allowed the architects to create outstanding aesthetic appeal and kept their vision alive.

Project Specifics

Project Wall Area
50,100 sq ft
(4,654 sq m)
Project Floor Area
42,717 sq ft
(3,968 sq m)
Project Footprint
21,885 sq ft
(2,033 sq m)
Tallest Panel
36 ft 10 in
(11.24 m)
Widest Panel
52 ft 0 in
(15.85 m)
Largest Panel
1,198 sq ft
(111.3 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
105,010 lbs
(47,632 kg)

Participating TCA Members

Citadel Contractors, Inc.Sustaining Member iconSustaining Member icon
Tilt-Up contractor
Meadow BurkeSustaining Member icon
Lifting hardware
Nox-Crete Products GroupSustaining Member icon
Bond breaker, Form release
Endicott Thin Brick & Tile LLC
Thin brick
Innovative Brick Systems LLCSustaining Member icon
Form liner
HD Supply Construction & Industrial White Cap
Tilt-Up accessories

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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