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Awards | TCA Tilt-Up Achievement

Apfells Coffee Warehouse Building

2006 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Warehouse/Distribution Division

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Needing to vacate their current facility because of an eminent domain matter, this owner selected Tilt-Up because it was shown to minimize the total cost and construction time.

The most challenging aspect of this unique project was the owner’s desire to achieve flawless recessed artwork in the panels. The goal of the unique artwork was to capture the same Art Deco era feel as the company’s previous facility that was constructed in the 1940s. But, the artwork – created by hand-carved foam – had to be sandblasted without destroying the finer aspects of the work.

The panels were poured directly over the foam, so that the detailed artwork was cast directly into the concrete.

The painted exterior and textural stucco offset the smooth glassy look of the panels that feature the WunderFixx® product. Textured EIFS columns and recessed chevrons on the roof of the building added architectural appeal.

Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
90,418 sq ft
(8,400 sq m)
Tallest Panel
40 ft 0 in
(12.19 m)
Largest Panel
1,800 sq ft
(167.2 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
125,000 lbs
(56,699 kg)

Participating TCA Members

CTS Cement Manufacturing Corp/Rapid Set Product
Sacking/Patching material
Dayton Superior CorporationSustaining Member icon
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HD Supply Construction & Industrial White Cap
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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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