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Guittard Chocolate

2003 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Manufacturing/Industrial Division

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An expired lease and the pending delivery of 10 million pounds of chocolate necessitated a fast-track schedule for the 286,000-square-foot Guittard Chocolate facility in Fairfield, Calif., the Best in Class Industriall/Manufacturing winner in the 2003 Tilt-Up Achievement Awards.

Tilt-Up allowed not only for the fast-track 330 day construction schedule, but also for construction to begin before the design was complete.

Beyond speed of construction, Tilt-Up allowed for an unique architectural theme. The arcade panels and earth tone color schemes were incorporated into the building façade with the intent of making reference to Guittard’s original building in downtown San Francisco in the late 1800s. The façade is created with large arched panels, extensive concrete patios and stand-alone panels, as well as a 22,000-square-foot arcade/garden area that creates the formal entrance. A 5,000-square-foot penthouse with barrel-vaulted roof also is unique project feature.

Exterior insulated finish system (EIFS) or foam was used to create a formal look and break up the linear qualities of a large concrete building.

Project Specifics

Tallest Panel
36 ft 6 in
(11.13 m)
Largest Panel
1,080 sq ft
(100.3 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
180,000 lbs
(81,647 kg)

Participating TCA Members

Alston Construction CompanySustaining Member icon
General contractor, Tilt-Up contractor
RMW architecture & interiors
Nox-Crete Products GroupSustaining Member icon
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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