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Awards | TCA Tilt-Up Achievement

Desert Hills High School

2009 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Educational Division

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Built in only 20 months, this three-building school campus consists of athletic, vocational and classroom structures totaling approximately 250,000 square feet. Although Tilt-Up panels with integrally-colored concrete were selected for schedule reasons, the method also offered economy and aesthetic freedom.

The two colors of concrete for the Tilt-Up panels, chosen to complement the area’s sandstone hills and red soil, were further embellished by using different depths of sand-blasting, creating color variations and textures on individual panels. This project was not only a challenge to design but also to build. The panels varied greatly in geometry and many spandrel and cantilevered panels were used to accommodate entryways and large openings. Sandwich panels were used in some locations for exterior walls areas that required a durable wall surface such as the gymnasium, wrestling room, cabinet shop and welding shop. Because of the project complexity, each panel was elevated to ensure architectural and structural stability.

The end result is an efficient, cost-effective campus that serves more than 1,500 students.

Project Specifics

Project Wall Area
62,500 sq ft
(5,806 sq m)
Project Floor Area
250,000 sq ft
(23,225 sq m)
Project Footprint
218,000 sq ft
(20,252 sq m)
Tallest Panel
36 ft 6 in
(11.14 m)
Widest Panel
27 ft 0 in
(8.23 m)
Largest Panel
900 sq ft
(83.6 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
87,300 lbs
(39,599 kg)
Tallest Cantilever Panel
12 ft 0 in
(3.66 m)
Longest Spandrel Panel
19 ft 7 in
(5.98 m)

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Project engineer
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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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