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Awards | TCA Tilt-Up Achievement

Nationwide Insurance

2006 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Office Division

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This three-story administrative office building completes the Nationwide Health Plans campus that is situated on the corner of a busy intersection.

The undeveloped site, identified as infill, is surrounded by many types of architecture, which created a challenge for design team regarding which direction to take. As such, the team embarked on a programming study that provided clues for the facility’s organization of spaces, relationships, massing and articulation of its exterior form.

The interior layout creates an efficient and collaborative relationship of work teams with central access to data, files and management by locating all resources within a common core zone while strategically placing offices, workstations and conference areas.

Creating a strong overall image that complements the owner’s standing in the industry, the design theme is rich in geometric shapes that create a Mondrian effect that is further enhanced by a rich palette of materials, textures and colors. The building consists of two olive and wheat concrete cubes – one of which is gently rotated – linked by a blue-green tinted glass mass wrapped in a grid of silver anodized aluminum that announces the building’s primary entrance.

The building skin is a combination of textured site-cast concrete panels with punched openings and a tinted glass curtain wall system. The rhythm of the punched openings is emphasized using horizontal and vertical reveals, which are further articulated by the use of silver glazing that surrounds the window openings. 

A three-story high, skewed tinted glass curtain wall façade is the building’s main feature. The glass in the curtain wall is a blue-green color that contrasts with the bronze glass used in the punched openings.

A silver marquee and vertical trim set up the grid of silver mullions to create the strong Mondrian geometric pattern.

Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
70,000 sq ft
(6,503 sq m)
Tallest Panel
47 ft 2 in
(14.38 m)
Largest Panel
1,415 sq ft
(131.5 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
119,600 lbs
(54,250 kg)

Participating TCA Members

Alston Construction CompanySustaining Member icon
Developer, General contractor, Tilt-Up contractor
Dayton Superior CorporationSustaining Member icon
Lifting hardware
Nox-Crete Products GroupSustaining Member icon
Form release

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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