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Awards | TCA Tilt-Up Achievement

Two WaterStone Place

2008 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Office Division

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Miller-Valentine, owner of the project, wanted to advance its commercial division by combining two Cincinnati-area offices into one location.

To meet sustainable design goals, Tilt-Up construction materials were selected, which have an impressive economic cycle and offer long-term durability. Sustainable design practices included geothermal cooling, vegetative swales to collect run-off water, an energy-recovery HVAC system and preservation of existing vegetated areas.

The 81,000-square-foot three-story building required oversized joists and additional beam lines to create the unique third floor. Tilt-Up two-story panels were constructed first. Recessed 12 feet from the building edge, one-story panels were then constructed on the elevated slab of the third floor. The recessed side entries include two 32-foot, three-story columns.

Oversized foundations and coordination with joint caulking were required for the 15-foot tapered concrete buttresses, attached to panels on the first floor.

To create a unique look, two types of post-applied precast stone — Rockcast and Coronado — were used, as well as two different shades of paint in earth tone colors. The dramatic entry features the precast stone on angled Tilt-Up panels. It is complemented with an octagonal-shaped roof, as well as an arched canopy over a balcony area.

Around the entire building, aluminum mansard, barrel and hip style roofs were installed. The ground-level accents include large concrete tapered buttresses to create the appropriate shape and limit the use of stone. Fabric awnings were placed above windows on spandrel panels.

Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
81,000 sq ft
(7,525 sq m)
Tallest Panel
30 ft 0 in
(9.14 m)
Largest Panel
720 sq ft
(66.9 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
46,000 lbs
(20,865 kg)

Participating TCA Members

LJB Inc.Sustaining Member icon
Project engineer
Meadow BurkeSustaining Member icon
Lifting hardware
Dayton Superior CorporationSustaining Member icon
Braces
Nox-Crete Products GroupSustaining Member icon
Bond breaker, Form release
Tincher's Welding LLC
Structural steel fabricator

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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