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Yates Pavilion

2015 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Educational Division

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This new gymnasium provides two full sized basketball and volleyball courts for practice or a single new competition court for volleyball and basketball games. 800 spectators are accommodated, which also allows the entire school population to comfortably congregate in one room, which was previously not possible. New lockers, restrooms and a concession area are also part or the overall project.

The project capitalized on tilt-up construction in many ways. Relative to concrete masonry, the timing for the construction would have required significant winter conditions expenses. At the Yates Pavilion, the slab was constructed in the short window of time before cold weather set in. The tilt-up wall panels were then cast and erected without incurring the tenting and heating expense associated with masonry. The panels also were erected more quickly than masonry could have been, allowing for the building to be enclosed sooner, and eliminating yet more winter condition expenses by providing a dry, secure working environment for finish trade subcontractors.

A steel frame structural system was considered but ruled out because initial costs of a steel frame and stud infill wall to enclose the gym were greater than tilt-up construction. Additionally, after building a steel frame with stud infill construction, subsequent construction would have been necessary to provide finished interior and exterior surfaces, which still wouldn't have had the inherent durability of the tilt-up wall panels. Tilt-up concrete's robust interior surface is critical to a typical gymnasium environment.

The customized relief pattern utilized typical tilt-up concrete techniques in new ways to cost effectively create visual interest in the large, opaque expanses of concrete. The project achieved a highly customized, dynamic appearance with a relatively small cost impact.

LEED Gold certification is an important goal of the project and the tilt-up concrete panels contributed to many LEED points.

Project Specifics

Project Wall Area
12,935 sq ft
(1,202 sq m)
Project Floor Area
15,887 sq ft
(1,476 sq m)
Project Footprint
15,887 sq ft
(1,476 sq m)
Tallest Panel
37 ft 10 in
(11.53 m)
Widest Panel
24 ft 6 in
(7.47 m)
Largest Panel
633 sq ft
(58.8 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
94,940 lbs
(43,064 kg)

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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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