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Awards | TCA Tilt-Up Achievement

Blue Ridge Gatorade Facility

2009 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Manufacturing/Industrial Division

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With Tilt-Up construction completed in a mere three months, the team used Tilt-Up as one of the main and vital components to the Blue Ridge Gatorade Facility. The owner desired LEED Gold Certification, and Tilt-Up construction offered a solution combining regional materials (concrete) with recycled content and increased energy-efficiency gained by thermal mass. This combination produced the largest LEED™ Gold Certified Food and Beverage project in the world.

The interior of the processing facility uses approximately 42,000-square-feet of troweled Tilt-Up panels, providing a smooth finish to address hygienic concerns. The façade is articulated by large punched openings in the Tilt-Up panels and a pilaster effect, at the front office/entry elevation, is created by a panel depth of 14-inches. Tilt-Up construction ensured that the design responded to the owner’s commitment to sustainability by providing a facility that was inviting, highly functional, aesthetically pleasing and environmentally responsible.

The goal at Blue Ridge was to double per-employee production rates, and this was achieved in the first year of operation.

Project Specifics

Project Wall Area
238,000 sq ft
(22,110 sq m)
Project Floor Area
950,000 sq ft
(88,255 sq m)
Project Footprint
946,026 sq ft
(87,886 sq m)
Tallest Panel
47 ft 1 in
(14.35 m)
Widest Panel
38 ft 6 in
(11.73 m)
Largest Panel
1,330 sq ft
(123.6 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
148,300 lbs
(67,268 kg)
Tallest Cantilever Panel
20 ft 0 in
(6.10 m)

Participating TCA Members

The Haskell CompanySustaining Member icon
Architect, Engineer, General contractor, Tilt-Up contractor
Meadow BurkeSustaining Member icon
Lifting hardware, Braces
Dayton Superior CorporationSustaining Member icon
Bond breaker, Form release
Textured Coatings of America Inc

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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