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Awards | TCA Tilt-Up Achievement

Petra Headquarters

2008 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Office Division

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When it came time for Petra Inc., a general contractor with more than 24 years of experience using self-performed Tilt-Up construction, to build its new corporate headquarters, the contractor put its experience to the test to create a one-of-a-kind Tilt-Up structure.

To entice potential clients with the possibilities of Tilt-Up, Petra designed a structure with maximum curb appeal, including an exterior brick veneer and dramatic cutouts at the tops of the exterior panels. To create the perfect imitation of brick, Petra constructed several test panels and paid special attention to detail when installing the brick veneer and insulation. Inside, the roof and a 20-by-20-foot skylight are supported by Tilt-Up beams (etched with the images of local mountain ranges), which were lifted into place with the help of two cranes.

Numerous floor-to-ceiling windows, featuring high-performance glass, flood the building with natural light and provide a pleasant working environment.

A showcase of innovative Tilt-Up techniques, Petra’s corporate headquarters provides its clients with a living testament to the possibilities of Tilt-Up construction.

Project Specifics

Project Wall Area
10,894 sq ft
(1,012 sq m)
Project Floor Area
18,056 sq ft
(1,677 sq m)
Project Footprint
9,028 sq ft
(839 sq m)
Tallest Panel
41 ft 9 in
(12.73 m)
Widest Panel
29 ft 11 in
(9.13 m)
Largest Panel
1,131 sq ft
(105.1 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
102,300 lbs
(46,402 kg)
Tallest Cantilever Panel
41 ft 9 in
(12.73 m)
Longest Spandrel Panel
29 ft 11 in
(9.13 m)

Participating TCA Members

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Lifting hardware, Braces
Innovative Brick Systems LLCSustaining Member icon
Cast-in materials

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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