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Kaman Music

1995 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Office Division

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It look only a day and a half to erect the concrete panels needed to build the new 27,400 square foot world headquarters for Kaman Music Company in Bloomfield, Connecticut - one of TCA's award winning buildings for 1995.

Tilt-up was chosen for the project because of advantages in cost and design: Tilt-up was less expensive than brick veneer and provided more durability than "Dryvit."

The project presented some interesting challenges for Cutler Associates of Worcester, Mass., the general contractor. The panel square footage exceeded the floor area or the two-story office building.

This meant that several panels had to be slack cast and one exterior casting bed was required. The last two panels were erected from outside the building. Materials used included Richmond accessories, Sherwin Williams exterior latex masonry paint, and Silica Seal 77 bond breaker.

Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
27,400 sq ft
(2,545 sq 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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