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Look Cinema

2014 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Commercial Division

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Look Cinema is an 11-screen, 54,000-sq.-ft. movie theater located in Dallas, Texas. Some unique challenges to this project were the custom form liner, the geometry of the building, and the as-cast architectural finish required for the panels. The form liner is a 1-in.-wide wooden plank pattern with random depths ranging from 0-in. depressions to -in. depressions. The form liner that was specified was a custom form liner that had never been used on any other project.

In order to achieve an as-cast surface that met the project requirements, the issues of consolidation of the concrete around the form liner geometry had to be overcome, particularly at the corners, cutting and adjoining form liner sheets, securing the form liner to the casting surface, and stripping the form liner in a way that would not damage the finished product. After multiple site cast mock-up panels, the team determined the mix design that was best suited for the panels, the method of securing the form liner to the casting surface, and the means of cutting and abutting the form liner sheets that achieved the desired finish.

Project Specifics

Project Wall Area
61,520 sq ft
(5,715 sq m)
Project Floor Area
54,684 sq ft
(5,080 sq m)
Project Footprint
45,000 sq ft
(4,181 sq m)
Tallest Panel
64 ft 1 in
(19.53 m)
Widest Panel
31 ft 2 in
(9.50 m)
Largest Panel
950 sq ft
(88.3 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
116,340 lbs
(52,771 kg)

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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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