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Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Catholic Church

2016 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Spiritual Division

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Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church utilized tilt-up to achieve significance in its design and architectural features. Similar to many tilt-up religious structures, the unbraced heights at Our Lady of Guadalupe were typically very high, ranging up to 40 feet. The 85-foot-tall, unstacked bell tower was constructed of two tilt-up panels. This was also a perfect medium for the 30-foot-tall, intricate designs perfectly cast into the tilt-up panels. Construction features the innovative use of medium density foam as a formliner, and tilt-up panels vary from 7 to 16 inches thick. The oval shaped chapel representing the Virgin Mary's womb was redesigned from masonry to elliptical tilt-up panels. Adding to this complexity of the radius panels was the ribbed formliner used to give the building a rustic finish. A panel facing the turnpike is adorned with a 26-foot-tall, Italian mosaic of Our Lady of Guadalupe, constructed by hand from Venetian glass mosaic tiles.

Project Specifics

Project Wall Area
53,098 sq ft
(4,933 sq m)
Project Floor Area
43,937 sq ft
(4,082 sq m)
Project Footprint
36,800 sq ft
(3,419 sq m)
Tallest Panel
85 ft 7 in
(26.09 m)
Widest Panel
40 ft 3 in
(12.27 m)
Largest Panel
1,087 sq ft
(101.0 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
112,450 lbs
(51,006 kg)
Tallest Cantilever Panel
0 ft 0 in
(0.00 m)
Longest Spandrel Panel
20 ft 0 in
(6.10 m)

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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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