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Petrol Valves Office / Warehouse

2008 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Warehouse/Distribution Division

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Working with a limited budget and tight timeline, developers wanted to establish a U.S. presence for Petrol Valves, an Italian-based manufacturer and distributor of large valves. The facility houses U.S. personnel, as well as storage spaces for Petrol Valve products.

Adjacent to one of the busiest plazas in the area, the facility is located off of Highway 8 in Houston, Texas. The heavy traffic in the area led to issues in the construction phase. For the 13,385-square-foot warehouse area and 4,509-square-foot office area, the owner was attracted to using Tilt-Up because of the method’s cost efficiency and speed.

One of the overall complexities of the project was resolving the elements of the project with the adjacent landowner and the transportation authority. The building also had to be constructed in a manner that would utilize the identity and circulation of the adjacent developer. To properly complete construction, a Low-E glass curtain wall system and cold-rolled natural aluminum finished panels were used.

The color-schemes were adjusted to meet the branding identity of Petrol Valve. Medium texture and paints were applied as architectural treatments. A system of slot-like windows was punched in the wall to convey the openers of the service area and was transformed to positive solid panels glazed in the curtain wall at the main façade. Dynamic intrigue was created in the office lobby area with the use of L-shaped cantilever canopies. A polycarbonate system was used in the lobby to allow for natural light.

To allow for sufficient signage for the facility, a 45-foot-tall obelisk-like tower was erected. The tower is visible from the highway up to a half-mile away, as well as a naturally-lit two-story interior work area.

Project Specifics

Project Wall Area
20,023 sq ft
(1,860 sq m)
Project Floor Area
17,894 sq ft
(1,662 sq m)
Project Footprint
18,402 sq ft
(1,710 sq m)
Tallest Panel
45 ft 0 in
(13.72 m)
Widest Panel
39 ft 8 in
(12.09 m)
Largest Panel
700 sq ft
(65.0 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
70,000 lbs
(31,751 kg)
Longest Spandrel Panel
10 ft 2 in
(3.10 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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