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Merced County Courthouse

2009 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Municipal Division

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Located in Merced, Calif., the 58,000-square-foot Merced County Courthouse is located in the civic/justice district, a block from the historic courthouse. The design, in keeping with the original history and architecture, draws from elements found in the historic courthouse.

The architect created a design that exploited the economies of Tilt-Up concrete panel construction to produce highly articulated façades with deep reveals, recessed windows and a punched parapet. The tower that punctuates the long axis of the building serves to signify the building entrance, while making a symbolic reference to the many towers found throughout the city. The landscaping mimics the orchards of the valley and reinforces the building’s deference to regional elements. The resulting expression is contemporary but congruent with the traditional image of courthouse architecture desired by the client.

The Tilt-Up system allowed the elimination of steel columns at the exterior, thus reducing cost and eliminated the boxing out of columns on the exterior public corridor. Tilt-Up also provided the security for bullet-resistance, and to some degree, blast resistance. The construction medium was also selected because it resulted in an economical expression of the architectural vision.

This project used ordinary materials to achieve an extraordinary design.

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Project Specifics

Project Wall Area
29,368 sq ft
(2,728 sq m)
Project Floor Area
58,000 sq ft
(5,388 sq m)
Project Footprint
58,000 sq ft
(5,388 sq m)
Tallest Panel
36 ft 0 in
(10.97 m)
Widest Panel
40 ft 0 in
(12.19 m)
Largest Panel
1,440 sq ft
(133.8 sq m)
Longest Spandrel Panel
21 ft 10 in
(6.65 m)

Participating TCA Members

Buehler & Buehler Structural Engineers Inc
Project engineer

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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