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Gordon Holdings

2013 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Manufacturing/Industrial Division

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This new office and manufacturing facility contains the relocated headquarters of Gordon Holdings Inc. and expanded manufacturing space for its subsidiary, Polystrand Inc., manufacturer of fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites. The owner desired an energy-efficient, cost-effective building that projected a strong company image recognizable in the community.

Tilt-up provided a high-performance, low-maintenance building shell for the project. A band of 2-foot-tall clerestory windows admits abundant daylight into the manufacturing area, reducing energy costs. Tilt-up reduced construction time, allowing the contractor to erect and enclose the shell in approximately four months before winter weather could delay construction. Finally, tilt-up construction was an affordable method to create variety in the long building facades, helping to break up the large wall surfaces and adding visual interest. Large and varied window sizes were introduced to create an open, welcoming feeling. A multicolored glazed corner tower marks the office area while a 25-foot-long spandrel panel frames a dramatic glazed cantilever at the entry.

Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
119,397 sq ft
(11,092 sq m)
Project Footprint
107,125 sq ft
(9,952 sq m)
Tallest Panel
49 ft 6 in
(15.09 m)
Widest Panel
25 ft 0 in
(7.62 m)
Largest Panel
990 sq ft
(92.0 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
106,000 lbs
(48,081 kg)
Longest Spandrel Panel
25 ft 0 in
(7.62 m)

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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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