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Tactical Skills Training Building

1999 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Municipal Division

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This structure, built for the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, houses a first-floor firing range and a second-floor defensive tactics classroom. The Commision provides a centralized training program for new law enforcement and corrections officers for municipalities and counties state-wide.

The challenge was to provide a building that would contain errant bullets and the sound of the shooting on 15 firing lanes at once.

The design team of DCI Engineers and Schreiber and Lane Architects decided on a two-layered, insulated structural Tilt-Up concrete panel building system. Some metal framing and metal panels were used at the entry, office and defensive tactics rooms to tie the building in with existing structures on the site. Interior walls were left exposed and painted to reflect the utilitarian nature of the building.

The insulated Tilt-Up concrete panels comprise a six- or eight-inch load-bearing concrete interior layer, 3.5 inches of EPS insulation, and an outer layer of three-inch architectural concrete. Horizontal banding formed by four-inch-wide by 3/4-inch-deep reveals at four- or eight-foot spacing, help tie the higher two-story area to the longer single-story range and the metal portions of the building.

The general contractor was Lugo Construction and the Tilt-Up contractor was Steckler Construction.

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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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