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Awards | TCA Tilt-Up Achievement

Applied Biosystems

2004 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Office Division

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Concrete’s inherent durability made Tilt-Up the choice for a unique project -- a basement that houses the mechanical equipment for the campus of a leading life science research company.

Once complete, the 80-acre campus will encompass nearly one million square feet of laboratory, office, assembly and support spaces. In order to maximize the efficiency of the buildings on the site, it was decided to house the 46,118-square-foot Central Utility Plant (CUP) within a basement beneath the three-story building.

Judges selected this project for the Technical Innovation award because it presented Tilt-Up as a structural element in a new way. The contractor determined that Tilt-Up provided a distinct advantage over competing building methods; approximately 90 days were saved in the construction schedule with a construction cost savings of approximately $300,000.

Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
184,471 sq ft
(17,137 sq m)
Tallest Panel
23 ft 0 in
(7.01 m)
Largest Panel
863 sq ft
(80.2 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
151,117 lbs
(68,546 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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