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Owensboro Convention Center Entry Sign

2014 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Special Projects Division

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This unique tilt-up construction project created a large entry sign for the Owensboro Convention Center, western Kentucky's newest, premier meeting space. The center is a full-service meeting facility that overlooks the Ohio River in revitalized downtown Owensboro, Kentucky. The multi-purpose center features 92,000 sq. ft. of meeting space including an exhibition hall, as well as additional ballroom and meeting space.

The entry sign creates a focal point at the center's entrance, capitalizing on a striking profile of tilt-up panels and digital graphics to garner attention. The sign consists of three cantilevered tilt-up panels staggered in front of one another. Each panel is a different shape, and the configuration of the panels creates interesting aesthetic appeal. The tilt-up panels are encased in a concrete pedestal foundation. Electrical conduits were embedded in the foundation and center panel to provide up-lighting for the sign.

The sign's center panel features a rectangular recess for a large screen that displays information and announcements related to the convention center. The screen is mounted into a 10-ft.-wide by 6-ft.-high space. For added stability and durability, the screen is recessed 8 in. deep in the 12-in.-thick panel.

Project Specifics

Tallest Panel
20 ft 11 in
(6.38 m)
Widest Panel
24 ft 2 in
(7.37 m)
Heaviest Panel
42,000 lbs
(19,051 kg)
Tallest Cantilever Panel
16 ft 6 in
(5.03 m)

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LJB Inc.Sustaining Member icon
Project engineer

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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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