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Awards | TCA Tilt-Up Achievement

Vista Ridge High School, Leander ISD

2004 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Educational Division

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Leander Independent School District required a campus-style high school that is reflective of a junior college designed for 2,400 students. The 387,528-square-foot Vista Ridge High School was to be built in one phase that integrated an innovative mechanical system into the structure.

The owner cited multiple reasons for selecting Tilt-Up, including speed of construction, cost effectiveness, long-term durability, structural integrity, improved fire resistance, simplified architectural details and improved integrity of the exterior building envelope.

Architectural treatments included a variety of cast-in reveals – both straight and curved, “V”-shaped and rectilinear, as well as receivers for masonry and cast stone. A host of open shapes – square, arched and pointed – with integrated chamfers and reveals were major elements in the architectural concept. In addition to the two-tone color scheme, both rock faced and burnished masonry with cast stone accents were used to add visual interest to the exterior.

The project had a high degree of complexity that included multiple buildings with a variety of reveals, applied architectural features, exterior mechanical and electrical systems, limited casting space, precise elevation requirements for tie-in to structural steel elements and hipped-steel connections. It required placement of curved reveals that mimicked the arches corresponding to adjacent window openings.

Adding to the level of complexity was the coordination of more than 309 window and door openings, as well as countless mechanical and electrical penetrations and stub-outs.

Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
387,528 sq ft
(36,001 sq m)
Tallest Panel
53 ft 0 in
(16.15 m)
Largest Panel
1,056 sq ft
(98.1 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
92,000 lbs
(41,730 kg)

Participating TCA Members

American Constructors LP
General contractor, Tilt-Up contractor
Dayton Superior CorporationSustaining Member icon
Lifting hardware, Bond breaker

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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