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Awards | TCA Tilt-Up Achievement

Cedar Ridge High School

2010 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Educational Division

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To create an aesthetically pleasing building for Cedar Ridge High School, the contractor blended tilt-up concrete walls with masonry, metal panels, aluminum, glass, plaster and paint.

Tilt-up was used structurally to facilitate the architectural finishes while keeping costs in check. For example, to accommodate the gymnasium's large windows, roof joists were originally designed to bear on structural steel behind the tilt-up wall. However, a redesign eliminated the majority of the steel and used the panels to support the joists, which reduced interference of the columns with the folding bleacher sections along that wall. Tilt-up panels also were used as supports for four large "flyovers," composed of large steel beams and joists, which sit 40 feet above the courtyard.

By recycling concrete into special containers and on-site casting beds, the contractor was able to divert 89 percent of its construction waste from landfills, thus surpassing the 75-percent requirement under LEED guidelines. That, combined with the fact that the concrete supplied for the project came from plants within a 20-mile radius of the construction site, has the school on track to achieve LEED Silver Certification.

Project Specifics

Project Wall Area
0 sq ft
(0 sq m)
Project Floor Area
170,000 sq ft
(15,793 sq m)
Project Footprint
375,000 sq ft
(34,838 sq m)
Tallest Panel
39 ft 7 in
(12.07 m)
Widest Panel
42 ft 4 in
(12.90 m)
Largest Panel
1,282 sq ft
(119.1 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
129,100 lbs
(58,559 kg)
Tallest Cantilever Panel
3 ft 0 in
(0.91 m)
Longest Spandrel Panel
21 ft 1 in
(6.43 m)

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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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