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Awards | TCA Tilt-Up Achievement

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Corp HQ

2008 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Office Division

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Completed in record time, the Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Corporate Headquarters is one of the largest multi-story, Class-A office Tilt-Up buildings in Maryland.

A strict time schedule was of prime importance for the project. Tilt-Up methods were applied in phases to ensure critical deadlines were met. To allow for the rapid erection of a substantial amount of steel, Morgan-Keller developed a detailed plan for construction of the Tilt-Up panels.

The plan required more than 30,000 square feet of concrete casting beds. By breaking the casting beds after the panels were tilted, the concrete was recycled and used for paving a sub-base. Heavily-reinforced concrete columns were used to resolve the design of large panel openings.

Designed in a radial fashion, the three rectangular buildings are joined by two curvilinear atriums. Viewed as a unique approach, a “low-E” reflective curtain glazing of tan and brown tones was used throughout the front and rear elevations of the rectangle buildings.

To reduce excessive panel face forming, an EIFS system was used. The EIFS system allows for an interesting relief on the face of the building.

The buildings bend around a large sediment basin, which will become an attractive storm water management pond for the site’s landscape. It will include water features visible from the employees’ dining area.

A large exterior courtyard area includes flagstone stamped concrete sidewalks, stone planters, a natural rock water fountain and elaborate landscaped areas. 

Project Specifics

Project Wall Area
102,840 sq ft
(9,554 sq m)
Project Floor Area
333,000 sq ft
(30,936 sq m)
Project Footprint
11,000 sq ft
(1,022 sq m)
Tallest Panel
49 ft 6 in
(15.09 m)
Widest Panel
36 ft 0 in
(10.97 m)
Largest Panel
1,232 sq ft
(114.5 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
96,000 lbs
(43,545 kg)

Participating TCA Members

LJB Inc.Sustaining Member icon
Project engineer
Meadow BurkeSustaining Member icon
Lifting hardware, Braces
Nox-Crete Products GroupSustaining Member icon
Bond breaker

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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