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Tornier USA Headquarters

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

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The design of an office/warehouse facility for Tornier USA, a France-based manufacturer of prosthetic limbs, was inspired in large part by the building’s prime location in the northeast quadrant of a fast-growing business park. While the corner site allowed the primary elements of the building—the lobby, main conference center, break rooms and call center—to be located along main street frontages, their exposures to the south and west left them vulnerable to the Texas sun.

To circumvent this issue, Powers Brown Architecture came up with a design that incorporates overlapping planes on the southern end of the building, which not only provide shade for the interior, but also add a linear canopy element to the architecture. On the western end of the building, angular Tilt-Up walls, glazing and shading forms provide further shade and architectural detailing. The company’s signature blue was used as an accent color on both the interior and exterior, along with yellow and white to provide contrast.

The new headquarters gives Tornier USA a professional space in which to host medical training with their product, as well as carry out day-to-day operations.

Project Specifics

Project Wall Area
18,185 sq ft
(1,689 sq m)
Project Floor Area
19,164 sq ft
(1,780 sq m)
Project Footprint
19,739 sq ft
(1,834 sq m)
Tallest Panel
31 ft 0 in
(9.45 m)
Widest Panel
26 ft 4 in
(8.03 m)
Largest Panel
655 sq ft
(60.8 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
65,500 lbs
(29,710 kg)
Longest Spandrel Panel
8 ft 4 in
(2.54 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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