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Trinity Life Center

1999 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Spiritual Division

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A 35,000-square-foot centerpiece sanctuary addition to an existing church, located on a busy thoroughfare, in a high seismic-activity zone, presented a challenge to CNA Architecture Group, DCI Engineers, and Buntain Construction.

Total construction time was eight months. The design includes stepped panels at the sides of the building to provide an interesting transition between the narrow altar and wide sanctuary. Some of the panels are 47 feet high, while the cross in front is 40 feet and rises 70 feet above grade. The 2,800-seat sanctuary utilizes 140-foot clear span roof trusses.

Many of the design elements are unusual in Tilt-Up construction. Because of the high seismic zone, panels and attachments to the roof had to be designed for Uniform Building Code Zone 3 force requirements.

In addition, the panels had to be stack-cast up to four deep on available casting beds, since much of the area was sloped for the seating area.

This project incorporates the best of architectural and structural design elements and a unique application of cost-effective Tilt-Up construction.

Project Specifics

Tallest Panel
47 ft 0 in
(14.33 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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