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8 West Centre

2014 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Office Division

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8 West Centre is an approximately 240,000-sq.-ft., four-story Value Office project recently completed in the Houston market. After researching 300+ ton crane usage on the East Coast, such a crane was used to complete the 30-ft.-wide, four-story panels on this project. To further innovate, each 30-ft. panel was separated by "triveting," adding a 5-ft.-wide glazed gap, and topped it off with a ribbon window on the top story. As always, the Value Office building also features column-free, all-glazed corners as well.

The result is a building that defies categorization as tilt wall, and indeed overshadows many telltale signs a pre-cast building has. The glass-to-wall ratio is the indicator of this quality - 67% glass-to-wall, 62% being vision glass. The lease line on the interior is 25 ft. of continuous glass, 2.5 ft. tilt leg, 5 ft. of glazing and repeat. This combination of glass to wall ratio and lease line exceeds many all curtain wall buildings.

The 8 West Centre project achieved LEED Gold Certification, exemplifying tilt-up construction as a sustainable method. Additionally, the cost of construction only (site not included) on this project was $60 per square foot, a savings of nearly $18 per square foot over an identical conventionally built building.

Project Specifics

Project Wall Area
50,227 sq ft
(4,666 sq m)
Project Floor Area
237,998 sq ft
(22,110 sq m)
Project Footprint
57,325 sq ft
(5,325 sq m)
Tallest Panel
70 ft 5 in
(21.46 m)
Widest Panel
39 ft 11 in
(12.17 m)
Largest Panel
1,061 sq ft
(98.6 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
171,800 lbs
(77,927 kg)
Tallest Cantilever Panel
10 ft 0 in
(3.05 m)
Longest Spandrel Panel
14 ft 11 in
(4.55 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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