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Awards | TCA Tilt-Up Achievement

Supercom Computer Facility

2000 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Warehouse/Distribution Division

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This 82,160 square foot building was completed in March, 1999, by Balch Enterprises, Inc., of Hayward, California. Jerry Willis of San Jose, California, was the architect, and Terry Weatherby of Jackson, California, served as engineer.

The building is on two levels: a 72,048 sq. ft. first floor and a 10,112 sq. ft. second floor. The design is highlighted by smooth rounded corners and a bold entry with massive rounded columns. Ribbon glass, used both horizontally and vertically, also contributes to the structure's modern look. The color is a uniform, clean white.

After comparing cost estimates for exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS) versus Tilt-Up, it was determined that not only could the design requirements be met with Tilt-Up but the finished product would be more durable and less expensive than with EIFS.

The 7 1/4"-thich concrete Tilt-Up panels exceeded the security and durability requirements of Supercom's shipping and receiving departments, which contain nearly 20 truck bays.

The entry to the structure was formed with five Tilt-Up panels, two full-height half columns, and another pair of shorter columns which support an L-shaped spandrail panel.

All of the rounded corners were cast as part of the Tilt-Up panels.

Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
82,160 sq ft
(7,633 sq m)

Participating TCA Members

Balch Enterprises Inc
General contractor, Tilt-Up contractor

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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