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Awards | TCA Tilt-Up Achievement

Cary Christian School

2005 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Educational Division

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The school required occupancy within nine months from the start of construction, which ruled out masonry or precast on schedule constraints prior to price considerations. This very aggressive schedule required a detailed critical path of scheduling to accommodate and provide efficiency for this fast track project.

One of the main challenges for this project was the lack of casting space, resulting in stacking and casting slabs. The front entrance panel weighed 119,230 pounds, was more than 71-feet wide and was placed on 27-foot poured-in-place columns with 24 lifting points and six braces. To increase the complexity of this panel, it included deep reveals and a crucifix feature that represented the origins and beliefs of the school.

The entrance was topped with an intricately detailed gable and finished with concrete beams that tie the gable back to the structure. Both thin brick and a coating were used as architectural treatments. Further, the natural beauty of concrete was accentuated in the design.

The windows feature intricate, cast-in-head and sill details. The quoins add to the architectural style with their clean solid look.

Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
27,360 sq ft
(2,542 sq m)
Tallest Panel
49 ft 5 in
(15.06 m)
Widest Panel
71 ft 4 in
(21.74 m)
Largest Panel
1,569 sq ft
(145.8 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
119,230 lbs
(54,082 kg)

Participating TCA Members

Citadel Contractors, Inc.Sustaining Member iconSustaining Member icon
Tilt-Up contractor
Innovative Brick Systems LLCSustaining Member icon
Cast-in materials
Nox-Crete Products GroupSustaining Member icon
Bond breaker
Meadow BurkeSustaining Member icon
Lifting hardware

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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