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2015 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Office Division

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This 65,000-square-foot office building for an Architecture/Engineering design firm is sited to reinforce the corner of converging streets at Deming Way and Discovery Drive in Middleton, Wisconsin, as well as to take advantage of views toward Pheasant Branch Creek and its confluence pond north of the site. Broad windows open from the upper floors with views onto this feature and its bordering, tree-lined bicycle trail.

The building is constructed with exterior walls of tilt-up concrete panels, which were cast on site. The interior is steel frame. Column spacing creates an interior core where offices, conference rooms and most support spaces are placed, with clear spans to the outer walls allowing great flexibility for the layout of open office furniture. An inviting open staircase with a skylight overhead connects all floor levels to encourage use by employees as a place for serendipitous interaction.

Using a straightforward composition of rectilinear planes and openings, the layered exterior is designed to provide access to daylight while limiting harmful solar intrusion into the interior. On the south, this can be seen in the way the horizontal shading devices (off-the-shelf steel grating) protect the windows. On the east and west, an exoskeleton is made by turning the tilt-up panels perpendicular to the enclosing plane, creating vertical sunscreens which are effective in controlling eastern and western sunlight.

A curved vertical entrance feature references agricultural storage cribs and marks the entrance. Wood planks behind the reception counter are reused from a board formed concrete wall at the entry, expressing values which originate in agrarian settings where nothing is wasted. Colorful walls accentuate the core; cloud ceilings become tools to edify the younger practitioners of the A/E firm.

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Project Specifics

Project Wall Area
20,829 sq ft
(1,935 sq m)
Project Floor Area
69,027 sq ft
(6,413 sq m)
Project Footprint
23,073 sq ft
(2,143 sq m)
Tallest Panel
42 ft 9 in
(13.03 m)
Widest Panel
33 ft 7 in
(10.25 m)
Largest Panel
707 sq ft
(65.7 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
97,688 lbs
(44,311 kg)

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Bracing, Form release
Newcomb Construction Company
Tilt-up contractor
KEE Architecture
Project architect

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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