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Awards | TCA Tilt-Up Achievement

RS+K

2005 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Office Division

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When Madison, Wis.-based advertising firm RS + K wanted a unique, distinctive design for their new office building, they knew exactly where to turn. For years, the agency has handled advertising for Newcomb Construction Company, the only Tilt-Up contractor in southwestern Wisconsin.

The owners’ desire for a head-turning design brought several complex elements to the project, such as irregularly shaped 8-foot-wide panels with 4-foot offsets for windows. The roof structure provided additional challenges, incorporating a 4-foot-high band of windows directly below the roof and a Douglass fir diaphragm roof deck with a 4-foot roof projection.

The structure also features a stair tower formed by eight curved panels surrounding a concrete paved stair for wind-bracing support. To meet the agency’s aesthetic needs, white concrete was used, along with steel cladding, which complements the owners’ collection of motorcycles. Clear glass and clear anodized aluminum framing were used to complement the exterior concrete and steel.

Judges selected this project for the intricate panel shapes that remind you of a jigsaw puzzle – an architectural element that is easily accomplished with Tilt-Up and nearly impossible with other construction methods. Further, the blending of construction materials – concrete with stainless steel “shingles” – was a tremendous success.

Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
20,539 sq ft
(1,908 sq m)
Tallest Panel
37 ft 8 in
(11.48 m)
Largest Panel
566 sq ft
(52.6 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
68,900 lbs
(31,253 kg)

Participating TCA Members

Newcomb Construction Company
General contractor, Tilt-Up contractor, Engineer
Nox-Crete Products GroupSustaining Member icon
Bond breaker
Meadow BurkeSustaining Member icon
Lifting hardware
ThermomassSustaining Member icon
Insulation system

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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