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Awards | TCA Tilt-Up Achievement

Airside Business Park Buildings 100

2005 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Office Division

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Originally bid as a conventional steel frame structure with applied precast, the Airside Business Park Buildings were converted to Tilt-Up to meet the specified architectural guidelines, allow the schedule to be expedited and save the owner approximately $300,000. The tight schedule required the second building, Number 100, to be constructed during the winter months. Since they are located on the airport property, the buildings had to meet sound transmission criteria established by the airport authority.

Tilt-Up offered excellent noise abatement, enabling this requirement to be achieved. Further, as the first Class A office building utilizing the Tilt-Up method in the Pittsburgh area, Building Number 200 showcased Tilt-Up’s effectiveness in this end-market.

The small building footprint presented unique challenges and necessitated that some panels were stack cast three high. To meet the owner’s strict architectural guidelines, the building featured two colors of textured paint and blue tinted glazing on the windows. Further, multiple size blocks were used as a textural and depth-contrasting veneer.

To create an ornamental focal point for the office park, a decorative Tilt-Up clock tower structure was constructed. Using Sobotec panels, an eyebrow accent was created at the roof level and the main lobby ceiling.

Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
210,000 sq ft
(19,509 sq m)
Tallest Panel
53 ft 0 in
(16.15 m)
Largest Panel
1,060 sq ft
(98.5 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
96,750 lbs
(43,885 kg)

Participating TCA Members

Burchick Construction Co Inc
General contractor, Tilt-Up contractor
Schaefer
Project engineer
Dayton Superior CorporationSustaining Member icon
Lifting hardware, Braces

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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