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Awards | TCA Tilt-Up Achievement

The Sonic Building at Bricktown

2005 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Office Division

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Cost evaluations for this project clearly showed Tilt-Up to be the most economical method available. Further, Tilt-Up was able to meet the owner’s budget, schedule and rate of return required to make the project feasible.

This facility is located in an existing business district comprised of load-bearing masonry buildings constructed more than 40 years ago and the new facility had to be compatible with the aesthetic requirements for the district including a masonry exterior. Samples of coated Tilt-Up panels were provided to show that the Tilt-Up would appear as cast stone when viewed.

The building is located 36-feet from a canal on one side and sits adjacent to a busy street on the other. Crane access required construction of an engineered fill temporary road at the canal side for access.

The tenant’s sign required an additional 46-foot by six-foot panel to be set on top of the finished wall. Each of the two sign panels was set on top of the typical wall panels using a pipe and sleeve arrangement that required extreme precision to line up the four affected panels.

Insufficient floor space for pouring the panels required stack casting. Full-thickness masonry brick veneer and cast stone accents were used on floors one through three and the fourth floor is exposed Tilt-Up with a precast corbel sitting atop the concrete panel at the roofline. Copper roofing accents the entry to the main lobby. Reveals and patterns cast in the panels at the fourth floor mimic cast stone.

Huge windows created panels with an extreme amount of open area for their size and height. Stainless steel embeds were used for attachment of cast stone to minimize any future corrosion and staining of the building exterior.

Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
105,600 sq ft
(9,810 sq m)
Tallest Panel
63 ft 11 in
(19.48 m)
Largest Panel
1,915 sq ft
(177.9 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
105,000 lbs
(47,627 kg)

Participating TCA Members

E V Cox Construction Co
General contractor, Tilt-Up contractor
Dayton Superior CorporationSustaining Member icon
Lifting hardware, Braces, Bond breaker

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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