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Awards | TCA Tilt-Up Achievement

Dade Paper

2004 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Warehouse/Distribution Division

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The 224,000-square-foot Dade Paper distribution center received the third highest overall point total. The judges remarked that this project is effective in dispelling the myth that Tilt-Up is only for boxes and distinctive in its use of form.

Tilt-Up is credited by the owner, as well as the design and construction team, for disguising this distribution facility and making it appear more like an office. This was an important priority for the owner because he sought a higher-end look for his clients, employees and the community at-large, and therefore chose to focus on creating a unique entranceway, highlighting the office and removing the focus from the distribution space.

The office area of this facility posed many challenges and was extremely complex. Radius panels formed double walls at the rotunda area. Special formwork was used to cast the radius panels and Tilt-Up proved to be the most economical way to create this feature. The monument sign outside of the building also is constructed from curved Tilt-Up panels. Further, a variety of complicated reveal patterns were used to create a distinctive architectural look.

In addition to the radius panels, extensive use of reveal patterns and EIFS molding on the parapet of the radius panels accent this facility.

The shocking brick color against the cream and white tones highlight and add life to otherwise simple walls. The double-entry rotunda feature, created with curved wall panels, is the focal point of the facility.

Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
224,000 sq ft
(20,810 sq m)
Tallest Panel
49 ft 5 in
(15.06 m)
Largest Panel
1,175 sq ft
(109.2 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
164,000 lbs
(74,389 kg)

Participating TCA Members

Woodland Tilt-UpSustaining Member iconSustaining Member icon
Tilt-Up contractor
Textured Coatings of America Inc
Nox-Crete Products GroupSustaining Member icon
Bond breaker, Form release
Meadow BurkeSustaining 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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