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Awards | TCA Tilt-Up Achievement

Dependable Heating & Air

2004 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Manufacturing/Industrial Division

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Dependable Heating and Air sought a new facility that would meet their expanding space requirements and accommodate their projections for future growth. Unfamiliar with Tilt-Up, they selected the method for the construction of their 49,500-square-foot facility because its reputation for durability, lower maintenance requirements and cost effectiveness.

The main comment from judges on their selection of this project was the use of the Tilt-Up itself as the primary architectural element.

Recognizing the importance of educating the Dependable Heating and Air customers, the interior of the facility features a mock residence with a backyard built into the space to show customers how the air conditioning system will look in their home and yard area. An artist was commissioned to paint a sky scene and trees to enhance the backyard feel of the space.

The red and white color scheme on the building’s exterior draws upon the company’s corporate identity and logo. Further, the architectural treatment is a gentle curve that sweeps along the front elevation of the building. Decorative “V” panels at the center of the façade and protruding wing wall extensions at the concrete panels break down the scale of the building in an energetic and playful manner.

This project clearly embraces the natural beauty of Tilt-Up.

Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
49,500 sq ft
(4,599 sq m)
Tallest Panel
34 ft 6 in
(10.52 m)
Largest Panel
986 sq ft
(91.6 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
104,000 lbs
(47,174 kg)

Participating TCA Members

Alston Construction CompanySustaining Member icon
General contractor, Tilt-Up contractor
RMW architecture & interiors
Nox-Crete Products GroupSustaining Member icon
Bond breaker, Form release
HD Supply Construction & Industrial White Cap
Tilt-Up accessories

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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