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Owens Brothers Concrete Batch Plant

2005 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Manufacturing/Industrial Division

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Since the operations of the building required a durable facility, the owner switched from a metal building to a concrete structure that enabled them to comply with city ordinances. The city required that the entire batch plant operations be enclosed within the building.

The manufacturer of the equipment would not allow any part of the enclosure to be in contact with the building. Because of this, the team used 3-D modeling to help fit equipment into tightly designed tolerances. The aggregate bin and cement silo/mixer were erected previously because of their heights. This required that the panels and roof structure were erected around them.

The city selected the color scheme of the project to provide a southwestern appearance – sandstone rose with blue metal roof panels. Since the original design called for metal wall and roof panels, the concrete panels had metal panel profile cast into the panels at the upper sections of the aggregate bin enclosure.

The building features stacked panels that reach a height of 66 feet-3 inches to enclose the aggregate bin. Removable roofs were used for servicing the aggregate bin and batch drum replacement. The mechanization that was designed into the project allows the plant to be operated by one person on slow days.

Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
5,600 sq ft
(520 sq m)
Tallest Panel
48 ft 3 in
(14.71 m)
Largest Panel
700 sq ft
(65.0 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
64,000 lbs
(29,030 kg)

Participating TCA Members

LJB Inc.Sustaining Member icon
Project engineer
Dayton Superior CorporationSustaining Member icon
Lifting hardware, Braces

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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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