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Gleneagles Community Centre

2004 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Special Projects Division

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Recognized for the highest overall score, Gleneagles Community Centre has been well-received by the owner, surrounding community and user groups.

The 23,000-square-foot project was constructed on an extremely tight site in the restrictive Rocky Mountain area. The owner desired a sustainable building and Tilt-Up allowed for this goal to be met in a distinct and holistic manner.

This project was designated a Blue Ribbon winner and received the highest overall rating because it rigorously pursued green building design standards. The project not proves Tilt-Up’s viability in the green arena, but also demonstrates the effectiveness Tilt-Up can have in remote locations, small project types and extremely tight sites.

Tilt-Up was selected by the owner, the District of West Vancouver, and architect to provide an architectural, structural and mechanical solution with one system. Shaped panels were an important design element in creating the outline of the building. The Tilt-Up panels were acid-washed, sanded and sealed to provide a natural finish that complements the terrain of the area.

Mechanically, the wall served to act as a passive radiator providing both heating and cooling through water piping embedded in the panels.

Structurally, the panels were required to be a seismic shear wall that is connected to a timber roof diaphragm. The Tilt-Up panels were structurally composite dual wythe sandwich panels tied together with welded rebar trusses. By opting for this sandwich panel instead of a non-structurally composite alternative, the overall thickness was minimized, seismic forces were reduced and costs were lowered. Further, Tilt-Up allowed for a finished surface on two sides and was an integral component in the radiant slab cooling system.

Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
23,000 sq ft
(2,137 sq m)
Tallest Panel
45 ft 6 in
(13.87 m)
Largest Panel
700 sq ft
(65.0 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
96,000 lbs
(43,545 kg)

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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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