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Torrey Reserve West

2008 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Office Division

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The owner of the Torrey Reserve West wanted a Class A office building suitable for a variety of corporate users. As such, diversity and curb appeal were key and Tilt-Up proved to be the optimal solution.

With its hilltop location, limited driving access and steep terrain, the project presented substantial obstacles including extensive site work and the demolition of existing structures. In addition, the site was designated as an environmentally-sensitive area by the San Diego Coastal Commission. The native vegetation was carefully accommodated by creating a buffer zone between the plants and the parking garage.

Another unique requirement imposed by the Coastal Commission regulations was a 30-foot maximum height limit for buildings. This meant that the 120,000 square feet of office space, which is sectioned into three 40,000-square-foot buildings, had to be designed as a two-story structure. Such low-rise structures raise concerns for corporate clients desiring visibility and site prominence.

The architect responded by creating a hierarchical layered pattern at the entryway of raised earthwork, concrete and CMU retaining walls, as well as an archway. The elements work together to give the project a taller appearance. The steep contours were used advantageously by the designer to create a grand entry driveway. Natural tones for the concrete and natural metal colors were selected.

Vaulted roof overhands, craftsman-like metal detailing and a concrete framed bridge serve as the special focus near the automobile entry. The central autocourt links each building with a curvilinear gesture culminating in rounded entry lobbies and the subtle use of curvilinear paving patterns, soffits and arches are blended to weave a harmonious complex with the hillside location. Each lobby features a two-story rotunda, intricately soffitted translucent skylights and upgraded finish materials.

The desirability of the location and design elements allowed the buildings to be leased substantially above the average rates for the area in which it was located.

Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
120,000 sq ft
(11,148 sq m)
Tallest Panel
30 ft 0 in
(9.14 m)

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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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