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Franklin Academy

2014 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Educational Division

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The Franklin Academy project consisted of a two-story classroom and a gymnasium building. This charter school contained many different components including tilt-up, masonry, structural steel, bar joists, and hollowcore planks. This required many different types of structural connections between the tilt-up panels and the other structural units including dovetail slot that was cast into the panels to receive masonry ties.

The panels featured a wainscot of 24 in. x 16 in. chiseled stone pattern formliner and a variety of different width rustications. Most of the windows were set in recessed areas with bordering reveals with many of the recesses arched requiring that high density overlay plywood be cut in curved strips, installed onto the casting surface, and then trimmed out with PVC chamfer to achieve the desired appearance. The architectural scheme of the tilt up structure provided for an older traditional type schoolhouse look including grand style entry features.

The number of "pieces" was kept to a minimum by increasing the width of the panels. Many were between 28 and 35 ft. wide. While this required the use of a 300-ton crane, it ultimately reduced the erection time, which was critical due to the time constraints of the project. A 540-ft.-long privacy wall screening the school from adjacent residences was converted to tilt-up construction. This provided a more economical solution to precast and was a more sound, maintenance-free alternative to CMU and Stucco.

Project Specifics

Project Wall Area
40,478 sq ft
(3,760 sq m)
Project Floor Area
43,504 sq ft
(4,042 sq m)
Project Footprint
57,196 sq ft
(5,314 sq m)
Tallest Panel
35 ft 4 in
(10.77 m)
Widest Panel
35 ft 4 in
(10.77 m)
Largest Panel
1 sq ft
(0.1 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
121,000 lbs
(54,885 kg)

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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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