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Nordic Naturals

2010 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Warehouse/Distribution Division

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Fish-oil distributor Nordic Naturals sought to replicate the character of a Norwegian fishing village in their new corporate offices and large warehouse/distribution center, and felt Tilt-Up construction would be the best way to mimic their unique skylines and soaring heights.

To translate the villages' traditional board-and-batten construction into concrete, the team built formliners with wood grain patterns and added wood battens to the face of the concrete panels. Tilt-Up proved ideal for reproducing the steep roof slopes and gables of Norwegian architecture, although the 40-foot-wide and, in some cases, 48-foot-high panels presented the crews with some challenges.

With copious window holes on the panels, the team was tasked with figuring out a solution that would maintain minimal panel thickness to keep the crane loads reasonable while avoiding excessive reinforcing to keep the budget in check.

The project is LEED registered NC 2.2 with a target of Gold. The project used 30 percent regional materials and 20 percent recycled content. It was also designed to be 31.5 percent more efficient than ASHRAE 90.1-2004.

The building's owner was ecstatic with the finished product, praising Tilt-Up's ability to deliver an authentic replica of a Norwegian fishing village in a short timeframe.

Project Specifics

Project Wall Area
40,411 sq ft
(3,754 sq m)
Project Floor Area
89,384 sq ft
(8,304 sq m)
Project Footprint
66,000 sq ft
(6,131 sq m)
Tallest Panel
46 ft 10 in
(14.30 m)
Widest Panel
43 ft 11 in
(13.39 m)
Largest Panel
1,598 sq ft
(148.5 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
115,630 lbs
(52,449 kg)

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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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