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Awards | TCA Tilt-Up Achievement

Littoral Warfare Research Complex

2007 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Innovative Application/Technology Division

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Haskell chose Tilt-Up for the Research Complex because of its inherent resistance to blast impact, and its ability to satisfy the government-mandated progressive collapse requirements. In the post 9/11 environment, both are important elements that entail a unique structural design, allowing for redistribution of floor loads in the event of a sudden failure to a primary exterior supporting element.

The facility serves as a laboratory for research and development of high tech warfare instruments; therefore, Haskell worked closely with Navy personnel to ensure the flow and lay-out relationships were the most efficient.

Brick served as the primary façade treatment, yet some Tilt-Up panels were exposed to differentiate the functions of the interior spaces. Brick clads the heart of the facility: the labs, research and testing areas. Tilt-Up clads the servant spaces: the elevators, stairs, offices and observation rooms.

The purpose of the waterfront facility is to provide launch and recovery capabilities for various research platforms. It is equipped with a bridge crane, water test tanks, dock, and hoist and boat ramps.

Throughout the construction phases, five named storms, including Hurricanes Dennis and Ivan, directly hit the site. In spite of this, Haskell stayed within the contractual budget and timeline of the complex.

This project has been awarded an Excellence in Construction award by the Associated Builders and Contractors First Coast Chapter and the National Design-Build Award for the best public sector building under $15 million from the Design Build Institute of America.

Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
39,755 sq ft
(3,693 sq m)
Tallest Panel
62 ft 3 in
(18.97 m)
Largest Panel
1,500 sq ft
(139.4 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
115,000 lbs
(52,163 kg)

Participating TCA Members

The Haskell CompanySustaining Member icon
General contractor, Tilt-Up contractor
Textured Coatings of America Inc
Paint
Dayton Superior CorporationSustaining Member icon
Bond breaker
Nox-Crete Products GroupSustaining Member icon
Form release
Meadow BurkeSustaining Member icon
Lifting hardware, Braces

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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