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Korean War Veterans Memorial

2012 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Special Projects Division

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This project demonstrates the versatility, applicability and beauty of Tilt-Up concrete construction. Its inherent benefits can be seen in the articulation of the edges of the panels and how they mediate between the horizontal and vertical planes of concrete to give the overall appearance of a continuous ribbon. The outside faces of the memorial were treated to expose the aggregate on the surface of the panel resulting in a texture that gives depth to the surface. In contrast, the interior of the structure and all of the edges have a polished texture.

Openings in the walls and roof break up the mass of the large panels and provide additional layers of light. Reveals in the surface of the panels on both the interior and exterior reinforce the geometry of the structure. Large plaques bearing over 900 names of those from Missouri who died in defense of South Korea are inset on the interior of the structure. On the exterior, two large images, one on the outside face of each wall, are cast into the concrete. Grooves of varying depths and widths affect light cast on the structure to reveal the images.

Because of the structure's unique geometric shape, each panel had to interact with the next with virtually zero tolerance. Form liners were used to cast the images in the exterior faces of the panels. Once a wall panel was formed, including reveals, insets and embedded images, dense reinforcements were added and, finally, a layer of insets and reveals was secured to the top of the forming and the panel was poured. Then in an additional step, not traditional to a Tilt-Up project, the inside of each panel and its edges were polished to achieve the desired effect before being lifted into place.

Project Specifics

Project Wall Area
1,500 sq ft
(139 sq m)
Tallest Panel
10 ft 0 in
(3.05 m)
Largest Panel
200 sq ft
(18.6 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
20,000 lbs
(9,072 kg)

Participating TCA Members

Summit Concrete
Tilt-Up contractor
Needham and Associates, Inc.Sustaining Member icon
Project engineer
Innovative Brick Systems LLCSustaining Member icon
Tincher's Welding LLC
Embed fabrication
Meadow BurkeSustaining Member icon
Form release
HD Supply Construction & Industrial White Cap
Tilt-Up materials

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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